Junk Loans Set to Ditch Faxes

Efforts underway to automate the market for junk-rated loans as Moody’s warns about the time required to cash out.

Efforts under way since 2007 to automate the $750 billion market for junk-rated corporate loans may soon pay dividends just as Moody’s Investors Service warns managers may not be able to refund investors trying to flee.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association may start reviewing as soon as this month whether electronic notifications aimed at automating quarter-end payments and interest rates are ready to be used instead of fax machines, Bhavik Katira, chair of an ISDA group responsible for the initiative, said in an interview. Messages focused on cutting the time its takes to settle a trade from the current three weeks could also be sent for approval this year.

FpML Advantage

“Loans have their own idiosyncrasies and we hope this will clear the misinformation,” Katira said. FpML will allow the market to focus “on real issues that will make settlement easier.”

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