SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

September 28, 2011 08:16 ET

PMI Group and Genworth Financial to Play Important Role in Housing Market's Recovery

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on PMI Group and Genworth Financial

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry and provides equity research on PMI Group, Inc. (NYSE: PMI) and Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Earlier this month Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward DeMarco explained a variety of ways the conservatorship of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) would be changing. Among them is a new way to reduce their long-term risk exposure by looking to share Fannie and Freddie's risk with the private market via mortgage insurance in some of those ways.

Such action would be a sure-fire catalyst for the private mortgage insurance sector. The Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA)says that it "welcomes the opportunity to play a vital role in housing finance for a return to prudently underwritten low down payment mortgage loans to meet the needs of moderate to low income families and first time homebuyers." MICA went on to explain in a statement that the "private mortgage insurers provide deeper coverage to protect the U.S. taxpayer."

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According to the latest stats from MICA, private mortgage insurers wrote $4.9 billion in new business in July even as some of the industry's players struggled with falling stock prices and uncertainty about future liquidity levels. Defaults outpaced loan cures in July with MICA reporting that insurers under its umbrella had 48,758 loan defaults insured by the industry and 35,905 cures.

Despite headwinds, MICA remains positive. MICA says that since the housing market entered into the current crisis, the private MI industry has raised over $8 billion in new private capital, "which is a testament of investor confidence in the industry's ongoing role in the marketplace."

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