SFA on the Issues

Educating legislators and regulators on policy matters is essential to the structured finance industry.

As an organization whose members have incredibly diverse interests and varied perspectives, the Structured Finance Association engages in advocacy, policy and research regarding issues impacting the safe and sound functioning of the entire securitization and structured finance markets.

We see our role as that of a bridge, linking the policymaking and securitization communities to ensure that an informed, two-way dialogue allows for robust discussion and optimal policy outcomes.

September 15, 2021

Close to 9 million Americans still impacted by pandemic-related unemployment saw the end of benefits on Labor Day. Federal Reserve research suggests that this support, while it was available, was used to pay down debt and stay current on bills. Without this support, we may see a rise in delinquencies, potentially impacting ABS performance, as hurdles to employment remain. Consumers may resort to credit cards for short-term liquidity.

June 11, 2021

SFA’s response to the Securities and Exchange Commission on the Request for Comment on Climate Change Disclosure details the work that SFA and the ESG Task Force have undertaken, draws distinctions between the securitization market and other markets, and suggests a path forward for climate disclosures.

December 22, 2020

SFA’s response to the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC) recommendation regarding ways to mitigate conflicts on interest in credit ratings focused on 1) enhanced issuer disclosure, 2) increased NRSRO disclosure, 3) bondholder ratification of issuer-selected NRSROs, and 4) our members’ general comments around potential conflicts of interest.

December 15, 2020

SFA jointly filed an amicus brief with the Chamber of Commerce, SIFMA, ISDA, BPI, and LSTA, in the case of McCarthy v. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., in the Northern District of California. The case has significant implications for the LIBOR transition and global financial markets. The plaintiffs in McCarthy v. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. are requesting to bring the publication of the U.S. LIBOR benchmark rate to an immediate halt, threatening to disrupt financial transactions all over the world and undermine years of planning for an orderly transition from LIBOR.

November 20, 2020

Growing ESG in securitization: 81% of issuers incorporate ESG in their overall business operations, 73% within asset origination/underwriting practices, and 56% sponsoring or developing ESG-focused ABS/MBS programs. “Client Demand” is #1 factor motivating ESG for Institutional Investors in securitization. View the results and takeaways of SFA ESG Engagement survey.

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