Written by our fixed income investment team, this educational series explores various segments of the fixed income markets where we are finding value.

The Universal Benchmark for U.S. Fixed Income »
By Douglas Gimple »
June 2018
  • Antiquated rules and strict limitations result in a benchmark that fails to capture the entire investable universe but provides opportunities for diligent managers.
  • Changes in the market since the Financial Crisis have led to a dramatic evolution of the benchmark.
  • Focusing upon the best risk/reward opportunities in the market positions Diamond Hill to take advantage of market dislocations driven by benchmark construction.
Property Assessed Clean Energy »
By Douglas Gimple »
April 2018
  • Property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs are a way for property owners to finance energy-efficient renovations.
  • Residential and commercial PACE programs have grown substantially over the past several years, though the securitization of these loans is still in the early stages.
  • Looking beyond the standard lineup of asset-backed securities allows Diamond Hill to add value for our clients.
Marketplace Lending »
By Douglas Gimple »
February 2018
  • The asset-backed securities market has expanded since 2008, with new types of securitization including marketplace lending.
  • The marketplace lending industry offers a yield advantage for investors who can exploit inefficiencies in this new and growing market.
  • Looking beyond the standard lineup of asset-backed securities allows us to add value for our clients.
Mechanics and Benefits of Securitization »
November 2016
  • Securitization is not a new concept. In its most basic form, securitization dates back to the late 18th century. The first modern residential mortgage-backed security was issued by the Government National Mortgage Association in 1970, fueling a dramatic expansion in the housing market.
  • A securitized deal begins with an agreement between a lender and a borrower as to the amount borrowed, interest rate paid, collateral to secure the loan, and loan maturity. The borrower’s obligation is then sold or pledged to a trust along with a variety of other similar loans, creating the securitized product.
  • Securitized issues are split into tranches, which are categorized into varying degrees of subordination. Each tranche is separate and distinct from the other tranches, and each has a different level of credit protection or risk exposure.
  • The primary benefit of securitization is to reduce funding costs. Through securitization, a company that is rated BB but maintains assets that are very high in quality (AAA or AA) can borrow at significantly lower rates, using the high quality assets as collateral, as opposed to issuing unsecured debt.
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