Commerz tags €5bn of CLOs as hard-to-value

When structured credit markets froze up in March, Commerzbank could not find enough real quotes to accurately price its collateralised loan obligations (CLOs). The dearth forced it to shift €4.8 billion worth ($5.2 billion) into the mark-to-model category – reserved for complex, illiquid assets.

The move increased the German lender’s stock of Level 3 assets by 69% quarter-on-quarter to €9.8 billion. As of end-March, they made up 7.2% of all fair value assets, up from 5% at end-2019.

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