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Published on December 9, 2008

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The Drivers of the Housing Meltdown

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Mortgage Backed Security (MBS), Structured Investment Vehicles (SIV'S), Derivatives, Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDO's) and other follies In finance, a mortgage-backed security (MBS) is an asset-backed security whose cash flows are backed by the principal and interest payments of a set of mortgage loans. Payments are typically made monthly over the lifetime of the underlying loans. A structured investment vehicle (SIV) is a fund which borrows money by issuing short-term securities at low interest and then lends that money by buying long-term securities at higher interest, making a profit for investors from the difference. SIVs are a type of structured credit product; they are usually from $1bn to $30bn in size and invest in a range of asset-backed securities, as well as some financial corporate bonds. A SIV has an open-ended (or evergreen) structure; it plans to stay in business indefinitely by buying new assets as the old ones mature, and the SIV manager is allowed to exchange investments without providing investors transparency / the ability to look through to the structure.

Derivatives are financial instruments whose value changes in response to the changes in underlying variables. The main types of derivatives are futures, forwards, options, and swaps. The main use of derivatives is to reduce risk for one party. The diverse range of potential underlying assets and pay-off alternatives leads to a huge range of derivatives contracts available to be traded in the market. Derivatives can be based on different types of assets such as commodities, (stocks), bonds, interest rates, exchange rates, or indexes (such as stock market index, consumer price index (CPI) — see inflation derivatives — or even an index of weather conditions, or other derivatives). Their performance can determine both the amount and the timing of the pay-offs. Collateralized debt obligations (CDO's) are a type of asset-backed security and structured credit product. CDO's are constructed from a portfolio of fixed-income assets. These assets are divided into different tranches: senior tranches (rated AAA), mezzanine tranches (AA to BB), and equity tranches (unrated). Losses are applied in reverse order of seniority and so junior tranches offer higher coupons (interest rates) to compensate for the added CDO's serve as an important funding vehicle for fixed-income assets. - The emperor's new clothes.http://youtube.com/watch?v=UC31


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