Cash Investors Lead Flight To Synthetic ABS

The growth of the structured synthetic asset-backed securities market is being driven by the entrance of cash ABS investors crossing over to derivatives, rather than corporate credit-default swap players adding ABS to their mix.

  • 07 Jul 2006
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The growth of the structured synthetic asset-backed securities market is being driven by the entrance of cash ABS investors crossing over to derivatives, rather than corporate credit-default swap players adding ABS to their mix.

Marketers say inquiries from cash managers are swamping them, as these investors are lured by the superior liquidity, greater historical rating stability and higher returns of the underlying. A seven-year synthetic collateralized debt obligation of high-grade ABS is returning a pickup of roughly 325 basis points, for example, compared with 290 bps in a cash CDO and 210 bps in a corporate synthetic. Reasons offered for traditional CDS investors lagging behind were varied, but salesmen noted it can take longer for these investors to get comfortable with the ABS market.

Structurers say they are packaging exposure to spread risk in a variety of ways. These include constant proportion portfolio insurance written on synthetic ABS indices and single names (DW, 3/3), as well as default risk in the form of tranches of CDOs referencing portfolios of synthetic ABS. The week of June 22, for example, of the EUR22 billion in ABS CDOs issued in London, one quarter was synthetic.

  • 07 Jul 2006

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 415,838.72 1590 9.03%
2 JPMorgan 379,647.36 1732 8.25%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 359,324.90 1302 7.81%
4 Goldman Sachs 267,102.04 920 5.80%
5 Barclays 266,010.35 1070 5.78%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 44,979.63 190 6.68%
2 Deutsche Bank 37,125.85 136 5.51%
3 BNP Paribas 36,403.69 206 5.41%
4 JPMorgan 33,752.71 110 5.01%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 32,865.23 106 4.88%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 22,398.41 104 8.72%
2 Morgan Stanley 18,608.72 99 7.25%
3 Citi 17,768.49 110 6.92%
4 UBS 17,372.80 70 6.76%
5 Goldman Sachs 17,228.66 97 6.71%