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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    Job Swaps    4 January 2017
  • 'Basel 4' meeting postponed

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    News Round-up    4 January 2017
  • Cash versus synthetic weighed

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    News    4 January 2017
  • Slew of risk transfer trades close

    A handful of capital relief trades closed in late December, including an unusual deal referencing a...

    News    3 January 2017
  • 'Transparency over risk retention' advised

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    News Round-up    3 January 2017
  • Spanish SRT deal completed

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    News    23 December 2016
  • SLABS downgrades trump upgrades

    Moody's has this month concluded its review of transactions potentially affected by changes to its F...

    News Round-up    23 December 2016
  • RFC issued on FX risk

    S&P has requested comments on its methodology and assumptions for FX risk in structured fina...

    News Round-up    23 December 2016
  • Fleet ABS reviewed on criteria change

    Moody's has published its updated methodology for rating rental car and rental truck ABS, following...

    News Round-up    23 December 2016
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    News Analysis    23 December 2016
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    Heineken UK has agreed a back-to-back deal with Patron Capital vehicle Vine Acquisitions to acquire...

    News Round-up    22 December 2016
  • EIF in UK CRT first

    The EIF has signed a securitisation guarantee deal with RBS, providing capital relief on a £...

    News Round-up    22 December 2016
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    The European DataWarehouse (ED) has appointed Christian Thun as ceo, effective from 1 January 2017....

    Job Swaps    21 December 2016
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    News Analysis    21 December 2016
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    Nationalisation could delay BMPS securitisation

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    News Analysis    21 December 2016
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    News Round-up    21 December 2016
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    Despite significant turbulence earlier in the year, marketplace lending ABS has maintained steady gr...

    News    20 December 2016
  • Lower credit MPL deal prepped

    SoFi is readying its thirteenth rated student loan securitisation, which is expected to be sold in a...

    News Round-up    19 December 2016
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    Job Swaps    19 December 2016
  • SCI Start the Week - 19 December

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

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    News    19 December 2016