Thursday September 26 2019
News Source: Fund Regulation
Focus: Closet Trackers
Country: European Union
On 24th September 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, published its study about the latest Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities (TRV) report, which looks at the exposure of investment funds to the market. The finding show that the EU fund industry’s exposure remains limited at this stage at EUR 130bn (less than 1% of EU fund industry net assets).
This study was first carried out using actual data from the relevant sector, combining regulatory data with commercial databases to ensure a more complete view of the market.
ESMA has a significant pickup in the issuance of leveraged loans and collateralised loan obligations (CLOs) in the US and EU, with supervisors having expressed concerns about the potential risk to investors.
The surge in the issuance of leveraged loans and CLOs is an indication of how market-based finance can supplement bank credit to finance the real economy. At the same time, the deterioration of underwriting standards coupled with low spreads point to a potential under-pricing of risk. Average credit ratings of outstanding leveraged loans have recently deteriorated, and simulations carried out by ESMA show that model uncertainty can impact the credit ratings of CLOs, potentially triggering forced sales from some types of investors.
Looking ahead, ESMA will review the quality of the rating process methodologies for CLOs, with a view to ensuring these are robust.
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