Asset Backed Security (ABS)

Posted by admin on Sunday, January 17, 2016

Asset Backed Security (ABS): a security whose income payments and hence value are derived from and collateralized (or “backed”) by a specified pool of underlying assets. The pool of assets is typically a group of small and illiquid assets which are unable to be sold individually. Pooling the assets into financial instruments allows them to be sold to general investors, a process called securitization, and allows the risk of investing in the underlying assets to be diversified because each security will represent a fraction of the total value of the diverse pool of underlying assets[1].
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