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FIGCovered Bonds

Canadian draft law’s OC limit worries S&P

The introduction of specific Canadian covered bond legislation “would be positive, and would likely provide further assurances for investors”, according to Standard & Poor’s. However, the rating agency emphasised that a codified covered bond law is not enough in itself to merit good ratings. Outstanding concerns include: limits to overcollateralisation, the lack of refinancing options after a segregation event, and Canada’s particular preference for demand loans to finance SPEs.

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