The Impaired EU Securitisation Market: Causes, Roadblocks and How to Deal with them

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Date Published 2014
Primary Author European Central Bank and Bank of England
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Theme Funding Housing Finance


The securitisation market in the EU continues to be impaired. Public issuance of Asset Backed Securities (ABS) remains very limited and mostly concentrated in a few jurisdictions. The market is shrinking. This is a concern because securitisation, if appropriately structured and regulated, can complement other long-term wholesale funding sources for the real economy, including for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Furthermore, if a sufficient share of the overall ABS issuance were publicly placed, this could translate into a diversified funding source for banks and potentially transfer credit risk to non-bank financial institutions, thereby providing capital relief that could be used to generate new lending to the real economy. This note assesses the current EU securitisation market, including from a forward looking perspective. A particular focus is the promotion of simple structures and well identified and transparent underlying asset pools with predictable performance (so-called ‘high-quality’ securitisation), while still impeding the resurgence of the more complex and opaque structures that contributed to the financial crisis. This short paper was prepared for the G20/IMF Spring meetings.

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