Non-Mortgage ABS

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March 13, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Bank/Thrift ABS Holdings Continued Falling in Late 2014, Corrected Call-Report Data Reveal

Commercial banks and thrifts reported another decline in their ABS holdings during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new Inside MBS & ABS analysis of call-report data. In aggregate, banks and thrifts held $159.22 billion of ABS in their held-to-maturity and available-for-sale retained portfolios as of the end of last year. That was the industry’s lowest level of ABS investment since the middle of 2012, and it represented a 3.1 percent drop from a revised third-quarter total of $164.35 billion. The biggest component in the aggregate portfolio was...[Includes two data charts]

March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Clarifications and New Disclosures Emerge as Issuers Grapple with Pending Requirements from SEC

Industry participants and staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission continue to work on compliance with pending requirements regarding due diligence, Regulation AB and risk retention. Last week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants released interpretations regarding how accountants can comply with due-diligence disclosure requirements that are set to take effect June 15. MBS and ABS issued after that date that receive a rating will be required to disclose certain details about due diligence completed by third parties. Accountants have raised...

March 6, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Marketplace Lending Seen as a Promising New Asset For Securitization, But Some Concerned by Demand

What started as an alternative to investing in certificates of deposit has attracted interest from institutional investors and even some ABS issuance. Marketplace lending, also known as peer-to-peer lending, has strong growth prospects, according to industry analysts. Eric Rapp, a senior vice president at DBRS, estimated that $9.0 billion in marketplace loans were originated in 2014, including personal loans and financing for small business, students and real estate. “It’s still relatively small, but it’s got a fast growth trend,” he said late last week during a teleconference hosted by DBRS. Rapp said...

February 27, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Euro Regulators Work on Framework for ‘High-Quality’ Securitization, U.S. Issuers Concerned About Consistency

The European Commission last week requested comments on a framework for simple, transparent and standardized securitization that would apply to issuance in the European Union. A number of other non-U.S. regulators are considering similar proposals, prompting MBS and ABS participants in the U.S. to call for coordination among international regulators. The EC said its priority is to create a sustainable market for high-quality securitization without repeating the mistakes made before the financial crisis. “A high-quality EU securitization framework will promote further integration of EU financial markets, help diversify funding sources and unlock capital, making it easier for banks to lend to households and businesses,” the EC said. The European regulator stressed...

February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Due Diligence Providers for MBS and ABS Prepare for Increased Transparency, Liability

Disclosure of findings from third-party due diligence on MBS and ABS are set to go from a few paragraphs in a rating report to a detailed form with certification from the due diligence firm, thanks to standards established by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The standards take effect for deals that price June 15 or later. Within five days before the first sale in an offering that will receive a rating, the findings and conclusions of any third-party due diligence report obtained by the issuer or underwriter must be disclosed in Form ABS-15G or the rating report. The disclosure requirement applies to private placements along with SEC-registered deals. “Our biggest challenge now is educating...

February 20, 2015 - Inside MBS & ABS

Securities Issuers Look to Stay the Course After SEC’s Disclosure Requirements Take Effect

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s update to Regulation AB won’t prompt many issuers to change whether they issue deals in the public market or private market, according to industry participants. After the so-called Reg AB2 takes effect, issuers of SEC-registered MBS and ABS will have to disclose more information. The regulation includes an exemption for 144A private placements, which could provide a way for issuers to avoid the SEC’s disclosure requirements. At the recent ABS Vegas conference sponsored by the Structured Finance Industry Group and Information Management Network, many issuers indicated....


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