Friday, January 27, 2012

What is Cagamas?

Cagamas is one of the non-bank financial intermediaries introduced by the government to enhance and improve the housing sector in Malaysia. Its main function is to refinance housing loans by issuing bonds in the capital market. For further details, please refer the article below (you can also click the link to go to Cagamas website)  : 

Cagamas Berhad (Cagamas), the National Mortgage Corporation, was established in 1986 to promote the broader spread of house ownership and growth of the secondary mortgage market in Malaysia. 

It issues debt securities to finance the purchase of housing loans from financial institutions and non-financial institutions. The provision of liquidity to financial institutions at a reasonable cost to the primary lenders of housing loans encourages further expansion of financing for houses at an affordable cost.

The Cagamas model is well regarded by the World Bank as a successful secondary mortgage liquidity facility. Cagamas is the leading issuer of AAA debt securities in Malaysia as well as one of the top Sukuk issuers in the world. Cagamas’ debt securities continue to be assigned the highest ratings of AAA and P1 by RAM Rating Services Berhad and AAA/AAAID and MARC-1/MARC-1ID by Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad, denoting its strong credit quality.    read more

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