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Funding for Lending – has the scheme achieved its goals?

As has been widely reported, last week the Bank of England and HM Treasury extended their Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS). The FLS was originally launched in July last year with the intention of stimulating lending in the real (non-financial) economy. Under this scheme a bank or building society borrows UK Treasury Bills and hands over eligible assets as collateral. The fee they are charged (e…

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The UK Residential Mortgage Backed Security market reopens

It’s been quite some time since we have seen a new public issue in the UK RMBS market. In fact, it’s probably been closed for new deals since the beginning of the crisis. As property prices plummeted, and as everyone fled risk assets for cash and gilts, RMBS bonds saw large price falls. Liquidity in these bonds actually suffered almost as much as subordinated bank bonds, because unlike corporat…

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