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Covered bonds have become increasingly important component in the funding of financial institutions in Europe, because they provide cost effective funding, with a low execution risk, long maturities, and help issuers and investors diversify their portfolios of liabilities and assets respectively. The structure and security of covered bonds have set this asset class apart and they have remained largely acceptable to an increasing number of investors throughout the turbulent conditions of recent years.
Recent growth of the European covered bond market has lead to a degree of fragmentation in the level of information provided to investors on individual issues. Faced with a rapidly expanding covered bond universe investors are increasingly in need of comprehensive and readily comparable information in order to make informed investment decisions. The CBIC initiative proposes agreed transparency standards for issuers in this market based on the information requirements of investors.
The CBIC identified key information which covered bond investors require to make well informed investment decisions. It is expected that the information required would be available on a regular basis (e.g. a half yearly update) to meet investors’ transparency and information needs. Beside the quantitative information provided via a spreadsheet, some qualitative information is requested to explain the figures and make the data more comparable. The CBIC believes that issuers should consider these qualitative elements and ensure a certain degree of consistency, most urgently at national level. The CBIC transparency data list is divided into three main sections and is available in an Excel Format:
- General Issuer data
- Cover Pool data
- Key concepts’ explanations
The conclusions of the consultation period are available here.