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Rating Action:

Moody's takes action on certain J.P. Morgan subprime RMBS

14 Dec 2010

New York, December 14, 2010 -- Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the ratings of 13 tranches, and confirmed the ratings of 9 tranches, from 4 RMBS transactions issued by J.P. Morgan. The collateral backing this deal primarily consists of first-lien, fixed and adjustable-rate subprime residential mortgages.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The actions reflect the continued performance deterioration in Subprime pools in conjunction with home price and unemployment conditions that remain under duress. The actions reflect Moody's updated loss expectations on subprime pools issued from 2005 to 2007.

To assess the rating implications of the updated loss levels on subprime RMBS, each individual pool was run through a variety of scenarios in the Structured Finance Workstation® (SFW), the cash flow model developed by Moody's Wall Street Analytics. This individual pool level analysis incorporates performance variances across the different pools and the structural features of the transaction including priorities of payment distribution among the different tranches, average life of the tranches, current balances of the tranches and future cash flows under expected and stressed scenarios. The scenarios include ninety-six different combinations comprising of six loss levels, four loss timing curves and four prepayment curves. The volatility in losses experienced by a tranche due to small increments in losses on the underlying mortgage pool is taken into consideration when assigning ratings.

The principal methodology used in this rating was "Subprime RMBS Loss Projection Update: February 2010", published in February 2010. In addition, for the deals affected by today's actions, when calculating the rate of new delinquencies (as described on page 4 of the methodology publication referenced above), Moody's took into account loans that were reclassified from delinquent to current due to modification in order to not understate the rate of new delinquencies.

In addition, Moody's publishes a weekly summary of structured finance credit, ratings and methodologies, available to all registered users of our website, at www.moodys.com/SFQuickCheck.

The primary source of assumption uncertainty is the current macroeconomic environment, in which unemployment remains at high levels, and weakness persists in the housing market. Moody's notes an increasing potential for a double-dip recession, which could cause a further 20% decline in home prices (versus its baseline assumption of roughly 5% further decline). Overall, Moody's assumes a further 5% decline in home prices with stabilization in early 2011, accompanied by continued stress in national employment levels through that timeframe.

Moody's Investors Service did not receive or take into account a third party due diligence report on the underlying assets or financial instruments related to the monitoring of this transaction in the past six months.

Complete rating actions are as follows:

Issuer: J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. 2006-RM1

Cl. A-1A, Downgraded to Caa2 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 B1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-1B, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-2, Downgraded to Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ba3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-3, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-4, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-5, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. 2006-WMC3

Cl. A-1SS, Downgraded to B2 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ba2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-1MZ, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Caa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-3, Downgraded to Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Caa3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-4, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-5, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Trust 2006-NC2

Cl. A-1A, Downgraded to Aa3 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Aaa (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-1B, Downgraded to Baa3 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 A2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-3, Confirmed at Baa2 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Baa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-4, Downgraded to B3 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ba3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-5, Downgraded to Caa2 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 B1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. M-1, Downgraded to C (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Caa2 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Issuer: J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Trust 2006-WMC4

Cl. A-1A, Downgraded to Caa3 (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Caa1 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-2, Downgraded to Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 B3 (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-3, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-4, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

Cl. A-5, Confirmed at Ca (sf); previously on Jan 13, 2010 Ca (sf) Placed Under Review for Possible Downgrade

A list of updated estimated pool losses, sensitivity analysis, and tranche recovery details is being posted on an ongoing basis for the duration of this review period and may be found at:

Excel: http://www.moodys.com/cust/getdocumentByNotesDocId.asp?criteria=PBS_SF198689

For more information please see www.moodys.com.

A list of these actions including CUSIP identifiers may be found at:

Excel: http://v3.moodys.com/viewresearchdoc.aspx?docid=PBS_SF228860

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