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Interest Rate Pressure Telling On Certain Italian RMBS Portfolios Nov 07
Standard & Poors, November 2007
The European Central Bank's tighter monetary stance over the past couple of years has gradually squeezed floating-rate mortgage borrowers in Italy. The rise in short-term interest rates due to the recent tensions in the money market is now adding further strain. Although the performance of the related Italian RMBS transactions remains broadly stable, the first sign of a differentiation in performance between portfolios with different features is visible. In the benign credit environment before interest rates started rising, variable portfolio characteristics might have resulted in only marginal performance differences. But as interest rates near peaking, transactions with certain credit characteristics are showing heightened sensitivity to the higher rates. Rising interest rates are also shining a spotlight on the sensitivity of...
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