Canberra takes a bond ‘step change’ (The Australian)

The AOFM has started operating the $15bn Structured Finance Support Fund to help smaller lenders access funding during a period of market dislocation. Further detail on the fund provided on Tuesday evening said it was available to non-bank lenders and authorised deposit-taking institutions that did not have the collateral required to tap the RBA’s $90bn funding facility for banks. The AOFM will seek to invest in packages of loans — that are securitised — to assist smaller lenders while also considering making investments in warehouse facilities. On Friday, the AOFM started the operation of the structured fund, by investing $189m across six tranches of Firstmac’s $1bn mortgage bond.

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07 Jan 2020

Bushfires won’t impact covered bonds and mortgage backed ratings (Money Management)

The Australian bushfires will have no impact on the ratings of covered bonds and residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) as they remain in remote or regional areas with low population levels, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch said the mortgage portfolios of covered bonds and RMBS were concentrated in densely populated areas, while the bushfires had mostly impacted less-densely populated areas.

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