Legacy CMBS TALF Gets $2.1bn of Loan Requests
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York received requests for $2.12bn of government loans to purchase legacy commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). The requests, received Wednesday under the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), mark a revival of CMBS investor interest from the previous facility. The NY Fed in September received requests for $1.4bn of loans to purchase legacy CMBS, down from $2.3bn of requests for he August facility. The Federal Reserve initiated the TALF program to stimulate lending by allowing private investors to purchase securities with a matching government investment. The reach of the program into legacy CMBS aimed to aid price discovery and provide liquidity for the commercial mortgage market, which faces a credit crisis of its own. The October 21 CMBS TALF subscription date exceeded researcher estimations from Barclays Capital. BarCap researchers projected last week the Fed would receive around $2bn of TALF loan requests for the October CMBS facility. The researchers pointed to list activity of $4.8bn since the last CMBS-eligible TALF subscription date and indicated an increase in subscription volume over the previous facility was likely. Write to Diana Golobay.