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Structured Finance - North America

Coverage of asset classes ranging from the traditional, such as mortgages, autos and credit cards, to evolving classes, such as intellectual property and collateralized debt obligations. 

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  • 29 Jun 2016
    • ABS Briefing event highlights important credit themes and emerging asset classes
      The June 16th event was kicked off with an overview of ABS trends, including continued weakening of underwriting standards in auto loan ABS, the outlook for continued strong performance in credit card ABS with excess spread levels in transactions remaining high, and headwinds facing the marketplace lending ABS sector. The conference also included a panel discussion on emerging ABS asset classes with industry leaders in residential and commercial solar, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), and handset (mobile phone) financing. In addition, we held breakout sessions with senior members of our ABS rating teams in the student loan, autos, consumer loan and credit cards, and commercial and esoteric ABS asset classes... Full Report
    • Declining freight volume in North America, is credit negative for US railcar ABS
      The drop in rail freight volume is negative for lease & utilization rates in railcar ABS. The negative effect will be much more significant if the volume decline persists for the next 12 to 18 months. However, we expect volume to start to steady at the end of 2016 and into 2017 The declines in average lease & utilization rates in railcar ABS have been relatively small so far, a result of the diverse cargos that railcars transport as well as the long terms of railcar leases, with remaining lease terms averaging about three years in the transactions that we rate. Although the debt service coverage ratio on railcar ABS will likely begin to deteriorate if lease and utilization rates decline significantly, the securitizations have structural features, such as reserve accounts and long final legal maturities, that provide some protections to the securities. Nevertheless, these protections likely would not be sufficient to overcome the negative effects on the credit performance of the securitizations if the rail freight weakness were to persist for a prolonged period of time... Full Report
  • 27 May 2016
    • New quarterly overview of US CLOs: Credit sentiment improves after souring in Q1 2016
      Our new report provides updates on the macro economy, regulation, new ratings and rating actions, and looks at new issuance and performance trends. It also lists our latest research on the US CLO sector, as well as upcoming industry events... Press Release l Full Report
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