High-Finance Meets High-End: Investors Jump at the Chance to Buy High-End Car Loans

Hey Monkeys,
Just came across a WSJ article that talked about numerous high-end car manufacturers including Lamborghini, Porsche, and Bentley securitizing their car loans. Here are some highlights from the article:

"Auto-loan securitization markets are red hot," and car companies are taking advantage of that, said Jose Pluto, an analyst at Thornburg Investment Management. "Lenders can finance everything."

The bond sale taps investor demand for debt that is considered safe, as car-loan borrowers rarely default and the loans involved are backed by models with high resale values. The bonds also offer investors slightly higher yields than ultrasafe government bonds or other debt with top ratings. Bond buyers concerned about possible sharp moves in interest rates also have sought out car-loan-backed debt, as it typically matures in three years or less.

In addition to higher yields, investors favor this type of debt because it hasn't seen mass defaults like mortgage-backed bonds did during the financial crisis. Four of the 3,000 slices of auto-loan-backed debt rated by Standard & Poor's in the past 28 years have defaulted, and none since 2011.

Sounds like a great idea to me. The bonds are AAA rated and have higher yields than government bonds. Let's go invest in some super cars!

Thoughts Monkeys?