Securitisation issuance hits new peak in Europe

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. Issuance reached EUR319.6 billion in 2005, up 31.1% from the previous year's EUR241.2 billion.

The residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market accounted for the lion's share of issuance, at EUR142.6 billion, but a slower housing market - particularly in the UK - was b

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