Trading freeze hits ABS index launch

Problems in the European asset-backed securities market have caused Markit Group to delay the launch of its new European residential mortgage-backed index indefinitely.

Markit says it is working with a group of dealers on documentation for the European index, but that feedback from market participants was unequivocally in favour of dropping the launch given the current volatility.

The index – the ERMBX.UK – is designed to reference synthetic UK prime mortgage-backed securities. Though the UK

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