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.

  • Preference for yield

    Conference delays new issues

    The US ABS secondary market is seeing a big demand for higher-yielding sectors like renewables, even...

    Market Reports    14 September 2018
  • Market moves - 14 September

    New hires and company developments in the structured finance sector

    CDS ETF Launched Tabula has launched a European CDS ETF which offers passive exposure to European...

    Market moves    14 September 2018
  • Euro ABS activity surges

    Investors finding value across asset classes

    The ABS secondary market has been very BWIC driven with large volumes coming through. A Greek RMBS i...

    Market Reports    14 September 2018
  • Madden resolution urged

    US marketplace lending firms should be freed from restraints around “true lender&rdquo...

    News Analysis    12 September 2018
  • Euro RMBS picks up

    Markets moving again after summer lull

    In the first week of September the market seems to be coming back to life after the lull of August a...

    Market Reports    10 September 2018
  • SCI Start the week - 10 September

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

    Pipeline A fairly even split of auto and non-auto ABS in the pipeline this week:  Auto...

    News    10 September 2018
  • Risk transfer round-up - 7 September

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Caixabank is rumoured to be prepping an SME significant risk transfer transaction for 4Q18. This wou...

    News    7 September 2018
  • Chain reaction

    ABS issuers exploring distributed ledger technology

    Numerous ABS issuers are exploring how to leverage blockchain technology to execute traditional secu...

    News Analysis    7 September 2018
  • Increased obligations weighed

    ESMA outlines expanded reporting requirements

    ESMA last month published final draft technical standards on the new reporting requirements to be im...

    News Analysis    6 September 2018
  • 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