SFIG Spotlight
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Join Us in Toronto Next Week for Structured Finance Canada 2016!

SFIG & IMN are anticipating record-breaking attendance – close to 500 delegates registered – at Structured Finance Canada 2016, taking place next week on May 31st – June 1st in Toronto. The event will commence the evening of May 31st, with an industry reception and dinner for conference delegates.

We are also pleased to host the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, Legislative Assembly of Ontario, as the keynote speaker.

For more details and registration, please click here.

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Speakers and Agenda Released for SFIG New York Blockchain Symposium

Following the launch of the SFIG Blockchain Symposia Series on May 24th, we are pleased to announce the agenda and panelists for our 2nd symposium, which will take place in New York on June 7, 2016. Beginning with an introductory tutorial on “what is blockchain”, the panel will discuss general applicability to capital markets and then evaluate potential applications more specifically to the world of structured finance.

Registration available here. Learn more about the newly created Blockchain Task Force here.

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Thank You for Making ABS Vegas 2016 a Big Success!

Over 6,700 industry professionals registered for ABS Vegas 2016 making it indisputably the largest capital markets conference in the world. With 62 packed panels and 314 speakers, including 2 incredible keynote speakers, the educational content blended perfectly with the networking benefits. Add that to the successful launch of our social media platforms, where we saw the “ABS Vegas 2016” app attract over 1,300 active users, we at SFIG consider ABS Vegas to have been a home run.

SFIG and our partners at IMN want to thank our 165 corporate sponsors, and THANK YOU all for making this happen. See you in 2017. Same place, same time!

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SFIG Testifies before Congress on ABS Liquidity

On February 24th, SFIG Executive Director Richard Johns testified before the House Financial Services Committee regarding the effects of Dodd-Frank and Basel requirements on ABS liquidity. Richard presented the membership’s views on liquidity in the securitization marketplace, with a focus on global regulatory issues that affect lending across all asset classes. “All of these rules, particularly when combined, pose a serious threat to securitization as a critical source of funding for the real economy,” stated Johns.

To view SFIG’s testimony, please click here. To view the webcast of the hearing, please click here.

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SEC Piwowar: Evaluate the “Cumulative Impact” of Securitization Regulations

“The SEC needs to evaluate the cumulative impact of all these new rules on the securitization markets,” stated Commissioner Michael Piwowar during his keynote address at ABS Vegas 2016. “I am concerned that the relative costs have made ABS issuances in the private markets significantly more attractive than registered ABS offerings in the public markets…” stated Piwowar.

To read Commissioner Piwowar’s speech, please click here. To view SFIG’s testimony calling for a review of the combined effect of regulations on ABS liquidity, please click here.

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SFIG Submits Supplemental Regulation AB II Comment Letter to SEC

On January 12th, SFIG submitted a supplemental comment letter, kindly drafted by Morgan Lewis, to the SEC regarding asset-level information for credit card and equipment floorplan ABS, a deferred action within the final rule. This follows our June 2015 letter.

Future discussions across asset class committees and the Regulation AB II Task Force will focus on the remaining outstanding proposed rules, including disclosure for Rule 144A offerings. If you would like to participate, please contact Alyssa Acevedo.

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Trades Raise Concerns About Basel’s Proposed FRTB Rule to Congress

On November 12th, SFIG and several other trade organizations submitted a comment letter to Treasury and the Federal Reserve regarding Basel's Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (“FRTB”). The letter stresses the connection between the high capital charges the proposal would require, and a resulting reduction in market making and credit availability.

SFIG continues to educate Congress regarding the potential negative effects of the FRTB for the securitization industry. Contact Tom McCrocklin to learn more.

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SFIG is Hiring!

With SFIG continuing to expand its reach across new conferences and additional policy challenges, we are looking for additional talent to fill these exciting new positions:

  • Policy Analyst: will help support policy initiatives and report to the Senior Director, ABS Policy
  • Senior Policy Analyst: will help support group-wide strategy efforts and initiatives in education & advocacy
  • Data/Policy Analyst: will help support group-wide policy and advocacy initiatives, and manage databases
  • Manager of Advocacy: will design and execute advocacy strategies for SFIG’s policy priorities
Membership

SFIG’s membership continues to grow in numbers and diversity. There are approximately 350 institutions representing all segments of the securitization industry contributing to our membership-driven agenda.

We encourage you to apply for membership today.

Latest Advocacy

On February 24th, SFIG Executive Director Richard Johns testified before the House Financial Services Committee regarding the effects of Dodd-Frank and Basel requirements on ABS market liquidity.

To view SFIG’s testimony, please click here. To view the webcast of the hearing, please click here.

Annual Conference

Over 6,700 industry professionals registered for ABS Vegas 2016 making it the largest capital markets conference in the world. 

SFIG & IMN Structured Finance Canada conference will take place May 31-June 1, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Toronto. Register today or contact Christopher Keeping for sponsorship information.

About SFIG

SFIG was established with the core mission of supporting a robust and liquid securitization market, recognizing that securitization is an essential source of core funding for the real economy. Under this mission, we are dedicated to:

  1. Educating members, legislators, regulators, and other constituencies about structured finance, securitization and related capital markets,
  2. Building the Broadest Possible Consensus among members on policy, legal, regulatory and other matters affecting or potentially affecting the industry
  3. Advocating with respect to policy, legal, regulatory and other matters affecting or potentially affecting the industry, and
  4. Core Principles of Governance, Financial Transparency, Inclusion and respectful accommodation of divergent member views.

We provide a representative and transparent member-driven platform for industry education and advocacy. While we are based in Washington, DC, our members’ interests extend globally.

We boast approximately 350 institutional members (and growing), including investors, issuers, and all other participants in the structured finance industry. As a member-driven organization our advocacy is committee-based, with over 50 committees and taskforces actively engaged in representing broad industry viewpoints across all aspects of the regulatory and legislative agenda.

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