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Capital Relief Trades

Capital relief trades are deals put together by banks to sell on to investors to reduce the bank's regulatory capital requirements. Such deals can take many forms, but SCI focuses on those where synthetic or securitisation structures are utilised. Those deals can be broken down into the following broad categories (deals can be combinations of these categories): CDS - credit default swaps: in the capital relief trade context, this denotes deals that utilise such instruments to transfer credit risk. CLN - credit-linked note: in the capital relief trade context, this denotes the deal is structured as a note with an embedded credit derivative. Fin gtee - Financial guarantee: a means of structuring a capital relief trade, whereby the investors benefit from a guarantee that all the issuer's obligations will be met. Funded: where a capital relief trade is understood to have been structured using a credit derivative (CDS, CLN, synthetic CDO etc) with the protection seller making an initial payment. Unfunded: where a capital relief trade is understood to have been structured without an initial payment being made under the credit derivative (CDS, CLN, synthetic CDO etc). True sale: a capital relief trade based on a cash securitisation structure rather than a synthetic securitisation structure.


  • Spanish SRT finalised

    Santander completes full-stack auto ABS

    Santander has priced a €555.5m true sale significant risk transfer transaction dubbed Santa...

    News    4 October 2019
  • Nascent stages

    CRT mezz investor base needs time to develop

    The pace of growth of the risk transfer market is likely to be tied to the development of the synthe...

    News    3 October 2019
  • SCI Start the Week - 30 September

    A review of securitisation activity over the past seven days

    Transaction of the week FirstKey Mortgage is marketing the first securitisation backed by manufactu...

    News    30 September 2019
  • Portfolio-based cover opportunities eyed

    New reinsurance platform to harness synthetic ABS overlap opportunities

    BPL Global is to launch a new reinsurance platform and has hired Gregory King-Underwood as director...

    News Analysis    27 September 2019
  • STS synthetics framework unveiled

    EBA publishes landmark consultation

    The EBA has published its long-awaited discussion paper on its proposals for an STS framework for sy...

    News Analysis    25 September 2019
  • Legacy SRT call possibility

    Regulatory triggers could lead to SRTs being called next year

    Banks could potentially call legacy capital relief trades (CRTs) next year, as higher senior risk we...

    News Analysis    20 September 2019
  • Case for STS synthetics outlined

    Benefits of STS on synthetics clear, but objections could be raised

    The EBA is set to release its discussion paper on the application of the STS label to synthetic secu...

    News Analysis    20 September 2019
  • Risk transfer round-up - 20 September

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Standard Chartered is rumoured to be prepping a corporate capital relief trade for 4Q19. The bank&am...

    News    20 September 2019
  • Risk transfer round-up - 12 September

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Intesa Sanpaolo is rumoured to be prepping for 4Q19 two capital relief trades that reference respect...

    News    12 September 2019
  • Risk profile

    Basel 4 impact to vary based on business model

    The EBA last month published its advice on the implementation of Basel 4 in the EU, with its impact...

    News Analysis    12 September 2019
  • Going concern?

    Synthetics could help address UTP burden

    Synthetic securitisation is being put forward as one way of proactively addressing the unlikely-to-p...

    News Analysis    5 September 2019
  • SCI Start the Week - 2 September

    A review of securitisation activity over the past seven days

    Market commentary A new Fitch study shows that there is a wide range in trustee reported market val...

    News    2 September 2019
  • Regulatory boost

    Italian SRT issuance picks up

    Italian capital relief trades are experiencing a strong pick-up in issuance this year as regulatory...

    News Analysis    30 August 2019
  • Esoteric opportunities

    Structured solutions to address corporate risk transfer needs

    The newly-formed CAC Specialty (SCI 21 August) is seeking to capitalise on the convergence of the in...

    News    30 August 2019
  • Risk transfer round-up - 28 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    Credit Suisse has called two transactions from its Magnolia Finance V programme. The transactions we...

    News    28 August 2019
  • Counterintuitive results

    EBA consultation incentivises unfunded SRT format

    The EBA’s consultation on the determination of the weighted average maturity of a securiti...

    News Analysis    23 August 2019
  • Risk transfer round-up - 16 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    UBI Banca is rumoured to be prepping an SME and corporate SRT for 3Q19. The alleged transaction is r...

    News    16 August 2019
  • Tweaking tradition

    Dutch securitisation evolving across established sectors

    The Dutch securitisation market is seeing innovation and growth away from its traditional strong foc...

    News Analysis    13 August 2019
  • SCI Start the Week - 12 August

    A review of securitisation activity over the past seven days

    SCI CRT awards Don't miss out on your chance to win: the submissions deadline for the inaugural SCI...

    News    12 August 2019
  • Senior mezz eyed

    CRT issuers target asset managers

    Banks are targeting asset managers for the senior mezzanine tranches of dual-tranche capital relief...

    News Analysis    9 August 2019
  • Risk transfer round-up - 9 August

    CRT sector developments and deal news

    BNP Paribas is rumoured to be prepping a corporate capital relief trade for 3Q19. The lender&rsq...

    News    9 August 2019