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Five Questions Facing the GSEs' Common Securitization Platform

It's unclear how the new political environment will affect the platform's viability or how investors will view the securities issued on it. The next year could determine the project's success and role reshaping the secondary mortgage market.

Trump Taps Icahn as Financial Reform Adviser

Icahn, 80, was an adviser to Trump during the campaign and encouraged the New York businessman to pick Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin.

Mnuchin Pick for Treasury May Signal Moderate Approach to Reform

Much like President-elect Donald Trump himself, expected Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin represents something of a question mark for the financial services industry when it comes to his agenda

Trump Picks Industry Vets as 'Landing Teams' for CFPB, Regulators

The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump announced a series of names this week for people who will help facilitate an orderly transfer of power at the federal financial regulators.

Warning Signs in Structured Finance Growing Stronger

A picture of consistency for several years now, U.S. structured finance is once again set for mostly stable rating performance in 2017. That said, asset performance has peaked in many sectors with modest declines expected over the course of next year.

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Fitch: External Factors Biggest Threat in 2014

Overall issuance growth will moderate in 2014, Fitch Ratings' managing director for asset backed securities says in the firm's outlook.

How Big Box Bankruptcies Would Impact CMBS

Direct exposure to either J.C. Penney or Sears is typically highest in seasoned deals where there are only a small number of loans remaining, and one is secured by a retail property.

No Exception to Risk Retention for CLOs

Risk-retention rules could thin the ranks of CLO managers; the industry was hoping for a workaround, but what it got is pretty much unworkable.

Risk Retention Rules May Shrink U.S. CLO Market

The U.S. market for collateralized loan obligations would shrink by 75% if proposed risk-retention rules are implemented, according to the Loan Syndication and Trading Association.

New Trade Group, Same Old Problem?

Longstanding tensions within the American Securitization Forum (ASF) boiled over in March, when most of its board of directors resigned and formed a new trade group.

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What’s So Unusual about Sprint’s Airwaves Securitization

The wireless carrier, though only rated single-B, has more leeway from existing investors to enter into a transaction like this than even some investment-grade companies.

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