Leaking like a SIV

Structured Finance

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Turmoil has engulfed many previously successful structured finance vehicles in recent weeks. While the assets held by various afflicted vehicles may have been invested in structured credit referencing US subprime mortgages, this is only one aspect of the problem. More importantly, the fear engendered by the subprime crisis and the resulting credit crunch have severely impaired their access to short-term funding.

For traditional structured investment vehicles (SIVs) to an extent, and for so

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