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.

April 7, 2021

On April 2, the Wall Street Journal reported that while “[t]he mortgage market is humming … getting approved for a home loan is as difficult as it has been in years.” We take a look at these credit trends and the impact of stubbornly high jobless numbers.

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.

October 28, 2020

The transition away from LIBOR to SOFR is due to become a reality by year-end 2021. With the impact of COVID-19 still evolving, some have questioned whether more uncertainty should be introduced into the market. We look at recent developments and their potential impacts.

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COVID-19: Supporting Consumers & Businesses

Capital & Other Bank Regulations

Disclosure & Reporting

ESG Investing

Global Initiatives

Housing Finance

LIBOR Transition

Market Structure & Dynamics

Research Corner

Structured Finance in the Courts

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