World Bank Backs New Structured Finance Hedge Fund

Sep 12 2011 | 2:33pm ET

A World Bank subsidiary will invest in a hedge fund for the first time, putting up $100 million to help launch a new fund that will buy securitized bank loans in an effort to help banks meet stricter new capital requirements.

The Christofferson Robb & Co. fund's investments will come with a World Bank-friendly catch: The money freed up must be lent to companies in developing countries. The bank's International Finance Corp. said it hoped the $400 million fund would allow for as much as $4 billion in additional loans to emerging markets countries, loans that have been imperiled by Basel capital requirements.

"It's very easy to trash structured finance right now because it was an often-abused product in the last five to seven years," IFC's Xavier Jordan told the Financial Times. "But it is still a product that can have an enormously good impact as long as the products are structured correctly."

In the case of the new CRC fund, the products will be structured as a senior tranche paying 7%, which IFC's money will be used to buy, and a riskier tranche paying as much as 20%, bought by the fund's private investments. New York- and London-based CRC is targeting a six-year lifespan for the new fund.

"Securitization is maybe not the flavor of the moment, but this transfers risk of banks and lets investors take the risk," CRC's Richard Robb told the FT. "If something really bad does happen, the bank can continue to perform its funcations and the investors take the losses, which they're ready for."


In Depth

Q&A: Brevan Howard’s Charlotte Valeur Talks Strategy

Sep 18 2014 | 11:18am ET

Charlotte Valeur chairs the board of Brevan Howard Credit Catalysts, an LSE listed...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

Volkered: How Financial Sector Reforms are Creating Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Sep 16 2014 | 11:28am ET

New regulations have dramatically curtailed proprietary trading activity in investment...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

The London Whale: Rogue risk management

Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.