European securitisation peaks

March 13—Demand from investors seeking higher investment-grade yields drove the issuance of European securitisation to its highest level last year, according to the latest quarterly report from the European Securitisation Forum (ESF). Issuance reached €319.6 billion in 2005, up 31.1% from the previous year’s level of €241.2 billion.

The retail mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market remained the biggest, accounting for some €142.6 billion of transactions, but a slower housing market –

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