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ABS

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.


  • Finding the efficient frontier

    Dominik Hagedorn, co-founder at Tangency Capital, answers SCI's questions

    Q: How and when did Tangency Capital become involved in the ILS market? A: Tangency Capital was lau...

    The Structured Credit Interview    6 September 2018
  • GACS extended

    European Commission approves guarantee extension

    The European Commission has approved a second extension of the GACS guarantee scheme for the senior...

    News Analysis    5 September 2018
  • SME SRT completed

    Intesa taps Italian government guarantee fund

    Intesa Sanpaolo has completed a guarantee agreement with Fondo Centrale di Garanzia, the Italian gov...

    News    3 September 2018
  • Chinese online ABS develops

    Regulation, data inconsistencies hamper industry

    Fitch recently rated its first ever ABS backed by Chinese online consumer loans, in the form of the...

    News Analysis    3 September 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 3 September

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline A small handful of deals remained in the pipeline ahead of the Labor Day holiday in the US...

    News    3 September 2018
  • Market moves - 31 August

    The latest hires and company developments in the structured finance market

    Acquisition Moody’s Corp is set to acquire all outstanding shares of Reis in an all-cash...

    Market moves    31 August 2018
  • Risk transfer round-up - 31 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Lloyds is rumoured to be readying another commercial real estate risk transfer trade from its Wether...

    News    31 August 2018
  • Market moves - 24 August

    The week's structured finance hires and company developments, all in one place.

    Consent solicitation NN Bank has issued a consent solicitation seeking investor approval for th...

    Market moves    24 August 2018
  • Firms favour floating rate

    Investors find value in range of SF asset classes

    US investors are seeing relative value in a number of pre- and post-crisis securitised asset classes...

    News Analysis    22 August 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 20 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline The pipeline was quite sparse by the end of last week. A handful of ABS were still marketi...

    News    20 August 2018
  • Market moves - 17 August

    Company developments and new hires in the structured finance sector

    Acquisitions Vistra has completed the acquisition of the corporate services business of Deutsche B...

    Market moves    17 August 2018
  • Moral hazard addressed

    EIF completes SRT with BP Bari

    The EIF has completed a guarantee agreement with Banca Popolare di Bari under the SME Initiative for...

    News    17 August 2018
  • Risk transfer round-up - 17 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    UBI Banca is believed to be marketing its second-ever capital relief trade. The Italian bank&rsq...

    News    17 August 2018
  • SMEs supported

    Supranationals driving new credit ecosystem

    A new ecosystem is gaining traction in the securitisation market, with supranational institutions st...

    News Analysis    16 August 2018
  • Integrated fund structure developed

    Innovative, single structure could benefit ILS investors

    A new fund structure has been devised, which combines the fund and insurance elements of ILS structu...

    News Analysis    15 August 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 13 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline The pipeline remained subdued last week, albeit a good mix of asset classes were represent...

    News    13 August 2018
  • Market moves - 10 August

    Company developments and new hires in the structured finance sector

    CDOs transferred Dock Street Capital Management has replaced Deerfield Capital Management as collat...

    News    10 August 2018
  • Risk transfer round-up - 10 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Banco Comercial Portugues is believed to be prepping a significant risk transfer deal for 4Q18. Acco...

    News    10 August 2018
  • Retention questioned

    Call for NPL regulatory differentiation

    Questions are emerging over the relevance of risk retention in the context of European non-performin...

    News Analysis    7 August 2018
  • CRT resilience highlighted

    Investors undeterred by turn in credit cycle

    Widening credit spreads and an expected turn in the credit cycle have not induced significant change...

    News Analysis    6 August 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 6 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline The pipeline was once again dominated by ABS deals last week. A handful of CMBS and RMBS w...

    News    6 August 2018