ABS or asset-backed securities are bonds or notes created via securitisation that are backed by a range of assets or receivables. Generically, all securitisations can be labelled ABS and it is often used as a coverall term; in some cases in SCI, ABS will be used in this manner. However, in many cases, ABS are taken to exclude mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and structured credit instruments, such as CDOs. If so, then asset-backed securities or ABS are taken to include consumer ABS, such as credit card securitisations, auto loan or dealer floorplan ABS, student loan securitisations, project finance/infrastructure securitisations and equipment leasing-based transactions. ABS originators are typically loan issuers, such as banks, credit card companies, auto finance and consumer finance firms, but can be any institution that generates regular, quantifiable future income flows (or cashflows), which includes governments. To create asset-backed securities, institutions sell pools of their loans to a special-purpose vehicle, or SPV, which then sells the loans to a trust. The trust then repackages the loans as interest-bearing securities and issues them. This true sale of the loans to the SPV ensures that the ABS is treated as being bankruptcy-remote from the originator.

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    News Analysis    18 October 2019
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    News    18 October 2019
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    News    18 October 2019
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    News    16 October 2019
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    Market moves    16 October 2019
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    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    15 October 2019
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    Sector developments and company hires

    Associate appointed Channel Capital Advisors has hired Pouya Jafari as an associate in London. He...

    Market moves    14 October 2019
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    News    14 October 2019
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    News    14 October 2019
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    News Analysis    14 October 2019
  • Hercules sets forth

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    News Analysis    11 October 2019
  • Framework focus

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    News Analysis    11 October 2019
  • Structured finance head appointed

    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    11 October 2019
  • CRT line-up finalised

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    News    11 October 2019
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    News    10 October 2019
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    Market moves    10 October 2019
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    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    9 October 2019
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    News Analysis    9 October 2019
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    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    7 October 2019
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    News    7 October 2019
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