Financial Analysts Journal

The Structured Finance Market: An Investor's Perspective

  1. Frank J. Fabozzi, CFA

The largest sector of the U.S. investment-grade fixed-income market is structured products—mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities. Issues and challenges currently facing investors who participate in this market sector include legal issues (e.g., consumer lending legislation), market structure (e.g., the role of the government-sponsored enterprises), and analytical methods (e.g., prepayment modeling). An important current concern is the need for education and training in the structured products area—particularly for investment policy compliance staff and for equity analysts.

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