Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Round 2: Smart Securitization

Here we go again, boys and girls. Let the music begin. Last one without a chair is out!

Thanks to the wonders of modern finance, we can now spread out the risks of debt defaults by repackaing instruments into ladders of risk. Sound familiar? Well, you're wrong. No sir, this is the new era of smart securitization. Unlike the last time this system collapsed, this time the wizards of finance are going to do it right. So says Geoff Smailes, managing director of global credit solutions at BarCap.
These new mechanisms are in some respects similar to discredited structured products such as collateralised loan obligations, which were widely blamed for fuelling the financial crisis. But the schemes' backers argue there are two significant differences. First, they involve the securitisation of banks' existing assets, rather than of new lending. Second, bankers argue that the new products do not disguise the transfer of risk.

"This is the world of smart securitisation… not securitisation for leverage and arbitrage"
(Source: Financial Times)

Darn, we sure wish we had contacts with their buyers. We've got a great idea to lease the Brooklyn Bridge. No, we're not talking about selling the Brooklyn Bridge. That's obviously an old con job. No sir, we just plan to lease it. That makes all the difference in the world.

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