The FINANCIAL — The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to increase the proportion of purchases by national central banks rather than external managers in the Asset-Backed Securities Purchase Programme, as announced when the programme was first launched.
As of 27 October 2015, Banque de France (with an increased number of jurisdictions covered) and Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique will both act as Eurosystem asset managers executing purchases. In addition, the ECB has decided to extend the contracts of two of its external executing asset managers.
The executing asset managers will continue to conduct eligible ABS purchase transactions on explicit instructions from, and on behalf of the Eurosystem. The Eurosystem will maintain its role in undertaking price checks and due diligence prior to approving transactions, according to ECB.
The contracts with all executing asset managers contain provisions to mitigate any conflicts of interest, subject to checks by external auditors.
The ABSPP, launched in late 2014, is one of the ECB’s programmes to enhance the transmission of monetary policy and facilitate credit provision to the real economy. Under the programme, the ECB and Eurosystem buy simple and transparent ABSs for at least two years.