Another Perspective on Risk Transference and Securitization

Journal of Risk Finance, Winter 2000

16 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2007

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Richard Cantor

Moody's Investors Service

Stanyslas Rouyer

Moody's Investors Service


Although issuers often receive a wide variety of benefits from securitization, many commonly used securitization structures fail to transfer meaningful amounts of credit risk. Some structures, however, transfer more risk than others. This Rating Methodology presents an analytical approach that Moody's finds usefulwhen evaluating the credit risk transferred from issuers to securitization investors.

If a lender securitizes a portion of its loan portfolio and uses the proceeds to pay down debt, under what circumstances might the transaction lead to a decrease in risk from the perspective of the lender's unsecured creditors? Assuming that other aspects of the lender's business strategy are unchanged, the degree to which credit risk has been transferred away from the lender's unsecured creditors can be evaluated by remembering the following guideline:

Guideline on Securitization and Credit Risk Transfer A securitization may transfer credit risk away from a lender's balance-sheet creditors to other investors if (in the absence of implicit recourse to the lender or explicit third-party credit support)the securitization bonds are riskier - implying higher expected investor losses - than the lender's unsecured debt prior to the transaction. In contrast, if the securitization bonds are less risky than the lender's debt obligations, risk has generally not been shifted. In fact, the securitization has likely intensified the credit risk exposure of the issuer's unsecured creditors.

Keywords: credit risk, credit rating, securitization, risk transfer

Suggested Citation

Cantor, Richard Martin and Rouyer, Stanyslas, Another Perspective on Risk Transference and Securitization. Available at SSRN:

Richard Martin Cantor

Moody's Investors Service ( email )

99 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
United States

Stanyslas Rouyer (Contact Author)

Moody's Investors Service ( email )

99 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
United States

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