Russia says “Da” to asset-backed debt

September 3, 2009

It’s interesting to see Russia proposing a new law to encourage a domestic securitisation market for consumer debt. Russia is still a novice when it comes to asset-backed debt but seems to have cottoned on to something that not all western regulators have fully grasped — securitisation may have helped get us into the current crisis, but we are also going to need it to get us out of it.

US and European banks simply don’t have enough capital to finance both the loans they kept on their balance sheet and those coming due that were previously funded in by the shadow-banking system. They need to find ways to raise new capital and transfer risk to capital market investors. In short, they need securitisation.

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