Structured Finance

Written By
Paul Tracy
Updated August 5, 2020

What is Structured Finance?

Structured finance is a complex financial instrument offered to borrowers with unique and sophisticated needs. Generally, a simple loan will not suffice for the borrower so these more complex and risky finance instruments are implemented.

How Does Structured Finance Work?

In many cases, the needs of a large borrower involve the execution of a series of discrete transactions as dictated by operational needs.  This cannot be accomplished with a mere loan

Structured finance products are usually include derivatives and securitized and collateralized debt instruments like syndicated loans, collateralized mortgage obligation mortgage obligations, collaterized bond obligations (CBOs), collaterized debt obligations (CDOs), credit default swaps (CDSs) and hybrid securities.

Why Does Structured Finance Matter?

Structured financial products are not offered by all lenders and, in almost all cases, are not transferable between other types of debt in the same way as a straightforward loan.  They are usually only offered to large borrowers needing a vast injection of capital or another source of income.