The European Central Bank and the Bank of England set out proposals on Friday to boost the market for asset-backed securities in the European Union and help the flow of credit to smaller businesses.
The ABS market slumped after the 2008 financial crisis but is now seen as necessary to help build a stronger economy by providing credit to firms that are too small to raise investment funds direct from capital markets.
Problems with U.S. mortgage-backed securities that turned out to be much more risky than their credit ratings suggested were the immediate trigger of the global financial crisis.
But the ECB and the BoE said that the European ABS market had been unfairly tarnished, and that if properly regulated, it could play an important role in supporting business investment.
“Securitization can support greater funding diversification, free up capital to allow banks to extend new credit to the real economy, and provide … insurance companies and pension funds with access to a broader pool of assets,” the BoE said.
Last month the two central banks said public intervention to kick-start the market was needed and accused global regulators of taking too tough a stance on the sector.
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