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CFTC Issues No-Action Letter regarding Variation Margin Requirements Compliance

On February 13, 2017, CFTC issued a time-limited no-action letter stating that, from Mar. 1 to Sep. 1, 2017, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight will not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer for failure to comply with the variation margin requirements for swaps that are subject to a Mar. 1, 2017 compliance date. The no-action letter follows a request sent by SFIG to the CFTC and the prudential regulators seeking temporary relief for legacy securitization transactions from the compliance date for variation margin requirements. Read more here.

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WiS: A “Call to Action” for All Men in Securitization

SFIG's Women in Securitization (WiS) initiative challenges all men in the industry to join your female colleagues at the WiS plenary panel at SFIG Vegas 2017, on Tuesday February 28th at 11:45am PST, in the General Session Room.

The discussion will be moderated by Wendy Cohn, Managing Director at Fitch Ratings and co-chair of WiS. The panel is deliberately comprised of all men, to hear specifically from male leaders in the industry who have benefited from the active promotion of women in securitization. Read more here.

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SFIG 2017 Investor-only Roundtable

SFIG is prioritizing advocacy efforts related to Dodd-Frank and other key policy initiatives – share your views with fellow investors and senior SFIG staff and join the SFIG investor-only roundtable at SFIG Vegas: Investor Perspective under the Trump Administration, on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:40 – 5:30 PM (PST), Track B. View additional information here. Please register here.

View full SFIG Vegas agenda here. For sponsorship information, please contact Christopher Keeping at +1 212.901.0533 or ckeeping@imn.org. Reserve your place today!

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Structured Finance Coalition: Membership Now Available!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Structured Finance Coalition (SFC) website. You are now welcome (and encouraged) to sign up for free membership here.

The mission of the SFC is to provide America's over ten thousand structured finance professionals with a grassroots platform to personally advocate on behalf of their industry. The SFC was established with the belief that for our industry succeed, we must all have the opportunity to stand up and speak out on the issues that are important to structured finance.

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First Edition Green Paper on Marketplace Lending Best Practices Available!

SFIG released the First Edition Green Paper from its Marketplace Lending Committee Best Practices Initiative on December 1, 2016. The Best Practices effort was established with the primary goal of supporting the responsible growth of securitization in the marketplace lending sector. Initiated by SFIG in February 2016, the project seeks to identify a framework of market standards and recommended best practices through an open discussion among a broad cross-section of market participants. SFIG members can access the Green Paper after log in. Non-members can request a digital copy by filling out a form here.

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SFIG is Hiring!

With SFIG continuing to expand its reach across new conferences and additional policy challenges, we are looking for additional talent to fill these exciting new positions:

If you would want to be part of a small, highly motivated team, send your credentials, including writing sample and resume to jobs@sfindustry.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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New Edition Available: RMBS 3.0 Fifth Edition Green Papers

SFIG released the Fifth Edition Green Papers on December 7, 2016. This release substantially builds upon our growing series of Green Papers, which are aimed at restoring confidence to the private label RMBS market. (SFIG members can access the Green Papers after log in. Members that have not yet registered can do so here. Non-members can request a digital copy by filling out a form here.)

The papers are a product of SFIG’s RMBS 3.0 initiative. To learn more about RMBS 3.0, please contact Daniel.Goodwin@sfindustry.org.

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SFIG Publishes RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review Scope ©

SFIG published its RMBS 3.0 TRID Compliance Review Scope© documentation on June 15, 2016, developed under the leadership of members from Third Party Review (TPR) firms across the industry and SFIG’s RMBS 3.0 Due Diligence, Data and Disclosure Working Group. The underlying premise of this documentation is to establish a best practices approach to pre-securitization testing logic that will drive the due diligence conducted by TPRs.

Members must be logged into the website to view this documentation. Non-members can purchase a copy here.

Membership

SFIG’s membership continues to grow in numbers and diversity. There are approximately 350 institutions representing all segments of the securitization industry contributing to our membership-driven agenda.

We encourage you to apply for membership today.

Latest Advocacy

On Feb. 13, CFTC issued a no-action letter regarding variation margin requirements compliance. It follows a request sent by SFIG to the CFTC and the prudential regulators seeking temporary relief for legacy securitization transactions from March 1, 2017 variation margin compliance date.

Read more information here.

Annual Conference

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas next week for our SFIG Vegas 2017 conference, at the Aria Resort & Casino.

We expect around 7,000 registered attendees, breaking attendance records for what is indisputably the largest capital markets conference in the world. We would also like to thank our 158 corporate sponsors.

About SFIG

SFIG was established with the core mission of supporting a robust and liquid securitization market, recognizing that securitization is an essential source of core funding for the real economy. Under this mission, we are dedicated to:

  1. Educating members, legislators, regulators, and other constituencies about structured finance, securitization and related capital markets,
  2. Building the Broadest Possible Consensus among members on policy, legal, regulatory and other matters affecting or potentially affecting the industry
  3. Advocating with respect to policy, legal, regulatory and other matters affecting or potentially affecting the industry, and
  4. Core Principles of Governance, Financial Transparency, Inclusion and respectful accommodation of divergent member views.

We provide a representative and transparent member-driven platform for industry education and advocacy. While we are based in Washington, DC, our members’ interests extend globally.

We boast approximately 350 institutional members (and growing), including investors, issuers, and all other participants in the structured finance industry. As a member-driven organization our advocacy is committee-based, with over 50 committees and taskforces actively engaged in representing broad industry viewpoints across all aspects of the regulatory and legislative agenda.

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