FSA and Treasury publish plans for UK covered-bonds framework

The Financial Services Authority, which regulates the banking industry in the UK, and the Treasury have published plans for a legislative framework for covered bonds.

The paper sets out guidelines that would enable UK-covered bonds to benefit from the EU’s UCITS directive. UCITS-compliant covered bonds can benefit from higher prudential investment limits. To comply with UCITS, the paper proposes that UK covered bonds must be:
• issued by a credit institution with a UK registered office;
• regulated by the FSA;
• supported by an asset pool that holds the sums raised by the bond issue, or eligible property of an equivalent value, and that has sufficient funds to

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