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Structured Finance - Latin America & Caribbean

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. 


  • 29 Jun 2016
    • 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
  • 9 May 2016
    • US CMBS refi wave approaching crest; most loans well positioned to pay off
      The US CMBS refinancing wave is now within a few quarters of cresting, when for several months loan maturities will surpass $12 billion. Nonetheless, loan originators should be able to accommodate the majority of maturing loans, while a significant portion are likely to be refinanced by portfolio lenders or be extended ... Press Release l Full Report
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