The US Treasury released a report that outlines 91 technical fixes aimed at boosting the financial markets. Rather than proposing legislative changes, the report notes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission could simply tweak existing rules and not endorse international rules unless they meet domestic objectives.
Investors are balking at repricing efforts by better-quality issuers of leveraged loans, and some borrowers are stepping back. The market resistance is due in part to the high volume of repricings by comparison with new money deals.
A new Treasury report on capital markets includes a qualified risk-retention exemption for the Collateralized Loan Obligation market that’s winning plaudits from managers. The exemption appears to respond to industry arguments that requiring fund managers to hold 5% of their deals isn’t fair as it imposes the same restraint on CLO funds as those applied to other products implicated in the financial crisis.