SFIG Spotlight
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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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SFIG Launches Risk Retention Industry Guide

On December 22nd, SFIG launched its Industry Guide, developed under the leadership of Julie Gillespie of Mayer Brown, on the Risk Retention rule.

Given that the RMBS compliance date was Thursday, December 24th, SFIG has developed an interim guide focused on issues either relevant to all asset classes or specific to RMBS. A final guide will be released next year, ahead of the December 24, 2016 compliance deadline for ABS.

Please contact Alyssa Acevedo with any questions.

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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 Michael Flood to learn more.

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SFIG Submits Comments regarding Fitch’s Proposed Changes to Rating FFELP SLABS

SFIG’s Student Loan Committee recently submitted a response to Fitch Rating’s request for comment on proposed changes to their U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program (“FFELP”) Student Loan ABS Criteria.

If you would like to join SFIG’s Student Loan Committee, please contact Alyssa.Acevedo@sfindustry.org.

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ABS Vegas 2016 – Keynote Speakers Announced!

SFIG and IMN are excited to co-host the largest capital markets conference in the world, ABS Vegas 2016, taking place February 28 - March 2, 2016 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. As recently announced, keynote speakers for the event will include Mohamed El-Erian and Michael Piwowar. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Click here to register today! SFIG members will receive discounted registration and sponsorship rates. For sponsorship information, please contact Christopher Keeping.

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SEC Encouraged to Allow mREITs Full Participation in GSE Risk Sharing

On January 12th, a bipartisan coalition of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White asking to begin a dialogue about addressing the regulatory hurdles preventing mortgage real-estate investment trusts (“mREITs”) from fully participating in the government-sponsored enterprise GSE credit risk transfer transactions.

SFIG appreciates the Congressional effort to work with the SEC and FHFA to create a responsible disclosure package to allow for full mREIT participation in Agency credit risk sharing transactions. Contact Michael Flood to learn more.

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SFIG is Hiring!

SFIG is seeking talent to fill three exciting new positions:

  • Data/Policy Analyst: will help support group-wide strategy efforts and initiatives as they relate to the association’s database and various policy requirements.
  • Executive/Administrative Assistant: will be responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Directors of Policy and Advocacy while performing various administrative tasks.
  • Advocacy Manager: will be an integral member of SFIG staff, being second-in-command of the association’s Advocacy department.
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Registration Open for WiS ABS Vegas Event

WiS is gearing up once again to welcome hundreds of industry women to ABS Vegas. This year’s event, Winning Outside the Workplace, will give members the opportunity to level the playing field outside of the board room with educational insight on wine pairings, gaming, and social engagement.

Registration is now open to all Vegas attendees. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today here. To become a member of WiS and support this important initiative, please click here.

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 January 15th, SFIG’s Student Loan Committee submitted a response to Fitch Rating’s request for comment on proposed changes to their U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program (“FFELP”) Student Loan ABS Criteria.

To learn more, please contact Alyssa Acevedo.

Annual Conference

SFIG and IMN are excited to once again co-host the largest capital markets conference in the world, ABS Vegas 2016, taking place February 28 - March 2, 2016 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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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