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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    Market moves    6 August 2019
  • SCI Start the Week - 5 August

    A review of securitisation activity over the past seven days

    Market commentary Portuguese RMBS outperformed other securitisation asset classes last week, booste...

    News    5 August 2019
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    Market moves    2 August 2019
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    News    2 August 2019
  • COSME tapped

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    News    1 August 2019
  • NPL SRT inked

    Hoist Finance tackles backstop regulation

    Hoist Finance has sold a €225m portfolio of Italian unsecured non-performing loans via an u...

    News Analysis    1 August 2019
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    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    31 July 2019
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    News    31 July 2019
  • Turning point

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    News Analysis    31 July 2019
  • Winding up order issued for Clifden

    Company hires and sector developments

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    Market moves    29 July 2019
  • SCI Start the Week - 29 July

    A review of securitisation activity over the past seven days

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    News    29 July 2019
  • BMO SRT launched

    BMO expands mid-market exposure

    Bank of Montreal (BMO) has completed a five-year financial guarantee that references US and Canadian...

    News    26 July 2019
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    Company hires and sector developments

    Residual sale Charter Mortgages is set to sell its residual economic interest in the Precise Mortg...

    Market moves    26 July 2019
  • Funding trade

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    News    25 July 2019
  • Making an impact

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    News Analysis    25 July 2019
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    CRT sector developments and deal news

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    News    24 July 2019
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    News Analysis    24 July 2019
  • Esoteric ABS head announced

    Sector developments and company hires

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    Market moves    23 July 2019
  • First-mover disadvantage

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    News    23 July 2019
  • Rights firm hits play on ABS debut

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    News    23 July 2019