Credit Loss Ratio

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Credit Loss Ratio'

The ratio of current credit-related losses to the current par value of a mortgage-backed security (MBS), or the ratio of total credit-related losses to the original par value of an MBS. Different MBSs and different sections within an MBS have different credit-risk profiles, and are therefore likely to have different credit loss ratios.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Credit Loss Ratio'

Average investors do not need to significantly worry about an agency bond's credit loss ratio. Agency MBSs - for example, bonds issued by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and government MBSs issued by Ginnie Mae - do not have credit risk, or are perceived by the market to not have credit risk. This is because these agencies guarantee the payment of principal and interest to the bond holder in the event of default by the underlying borrower. However, from an internal point of view, the agency MBS issuers do need to consider their credit loss ratios, because doing so will allows them to analyze whether their holdings are overexposed in certain types of riskier properties.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Collateralized Mortgage Obligation ...

    A type of mortgage-backed security in which principal repayments ...
  2. Par Value

    The face value of a bond. Par value for a share refers to the ...
  3. Fannie Mae - Federal National Mortgage ...

    A government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) that was created in 1938 ...
  4. Ginnie Mae - Government National ...

    A U.S. government corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing ...
  5. Pass-Through Security

    A pool of fixed-income securities backed by a package of assets. ...
  6. Agency Bond

    A bond issued by a government agency. These bonds are not fully ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why should you invest in tangible assets?

    Savers who deliberately buy tangible assets for investment purposes value their tangible goods as a form of value diversification ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How much of the asset management industry has moved from traditional managers to ...

    While the exact numbers are difficult to calculate due to variations in measurement and the overall growth of the asset management ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Which asset classes are the most risky?

    Equities is the riskiest class of assets. Dividends aside, they offer no guarantees, and investors' money is subject to the ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do I purchase shares of a closed-end investment?

    Unlike open-end mutual funds that sell shares in the fund directly to investors, closed-end funds are traded on an exchange ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do you find accrued interest on a bond?

    A bond is a debt instrument issued by a company, government agency or municipality to raise money. Interest payments are ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the main disadvantages of fixed income securities?

    Fixed-income securities attract investors because they provide guaranteed returns in the form of fixed, regular cash payments. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Profit From Mortgage Debt With MBS

    Mortgage-backed securities can offer monthly income, a fixed interest rate and even government backing.
  2. Options & Futures

    Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  3. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Asset Allocation In A Bond Portfolio

    An investor's fixed-income portfolio can easily beat the average bond fund. Learn how and why!
  4. Options & Futures

    20 Investments You Should Know

    To take advantage of all your investing options, you need to know what your choices are. Here we tell you about the diverse features and advantages of 20 different financial instruments.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Pros & Cons Of Bond Funds Vs. Bond ETFs

    Understanding the pros and cons of bond funds and bond ETFs will help you choose the instrument that is best for building your diversified bond portfolio.
  6. Forex Education

    Countries Where Bitcoin Is Legal & Illegal

    Although bitcoin has been in existence for five years, most countries still do not have consistent laws regulating the cryptocurrency. However, a few countries have banned bitcoin altogether.
  7. Stock Analysis

    Fight Volatility and Inflation with Infrastructure

    As institutional investors flock to infrastructure assets there's good reason for retail investors to follow suit.
  8. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Pros and Cons: Preferred Stock ETFs vs. Bond ETFs

    A look at the differences between preferred stock ETFs and bond ETFs and when you should invest in one over the other.
  9. Savings

    How to Invest in Liquor (and Avoiding the Hiccups)

    Investing in liquor has been profitable for ages but there could be some hiccups along the way.
  10. Investing Basics

    What is a Foreign Institutional Investor?

    A foreign institutional investor (FII) is a person or a group of people operating or registered in a country that’s not their domicile.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Venture-Capital-Backed IPO

    The selling to the public of shares in a company that has previously been funded primarily by private investors. The alternative ...
  2. Merger Arbitrage

    A hedge fund strategy in which the stocks of two merging companies are simultaneously bought and sold to create a riskless ...
  3. Market Failure

    An economic term that encompasses a situation where, in any given market, the quantity of a product demanded by consumers ...
  4. Unsystematic Risk

    Company or industry specific risk that is inherent in each investment. The amount of unsystematic risk can be reduced through ...
  5. Security Market Line - SML

    A line that graphs the systematic, or market, risk versus return of the whole market at a certain time and shows all risky ...
  6. Tangible Net Worth

    A measure of the physical worth of a company, which does not include any value derived from intangible assets such as copyrights, ...
Trading Center