Auto Lending: What to Make of the Recent Increase in Delinquencies?

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In the years immediately following the 2008 financial crisis, the availability of consumer credit tightened dramatically. As a result, the personal balance sheet of the average American improved as consumers were forced to de-lever in the absence of financing options. However, while mortgage credit issuance, the largest form of consumer credit, came to a virtual…

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Brexit: Potential Impacts on U.K. Housing and Structured Credit

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The United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to leave the European Union (EU) by referendum in June 2016 (“Brexit”) has been dominating global news headlines ever since, not least due to the closeness of the vote (51.9% v 48.1% leave/remain), but also due to the fact that even now, almost three years since the referendum was first…

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The Decline of Retail: Implications for the CMBS Market

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Retail bankruptcies and store closures have filled news headlines in 2018. Notable chains such as Toys-R-Us and Bon-Ton, ingrained in our culture and economy for decades, have gone into liquidation. Others such as Sears and Kmart have filed for bankruptcy after many years of weak performance. Store closure announcements seem to be a regular occurrence,…

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Leaving LIBOR: How Did We Get Here and What Comes Next?

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The London Interbank Offered Rate, better known by its abbreviation, LIBOR, has been a key economic benchmark interest rate for decades. However, in 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced it would phase out LIBOR, potentially impacting trillions of dollars of financial instruments linked to the rate, especially those in the structured credit and interest…

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U.S. Housing Outlook: The Case for Continued Strength

The U.S. economy has experienced strong growth in recent years, led in part by a booming housing market that has significantly recovered from the years following the financial crisis. Higher home prices and increased homeowner equity have fueled consumer confidence, serving as a foundation for robust economic growth. However, recent macroeconomic data has indicated potential…

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