Collateralised Loan Obligations (Clos) - a Primer

103 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2003

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Andreas (Andy) Jobst

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - European Department

Date Written: December 2002


The following descriptive paper surveys the various types of loan securitisation and provides a working definition of so-called collateralised loan obligations (CLOs). Free of the common rhetoric and slogans, which sometimes substitute for understanding of the complex nature of structured finance, this paper describes the theoretical foundations of this specialised form of loan securitisation. Not only the distinctive properties of CLOs, but also the information economics inherent in the transfer of credit risk will be considered, so that we can equally privilege the critical aspects of security design in the structuring of CLO transactions.

JEL Classification: D81, G15, G21, M20

Suggested Citation

Jobst, Andreas A., Collateralised Loan Obligations (Clos) - a Primer (December 2002). Available at SSRN: or

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