If the recently released Bank of International Settlements (BIS) risk weighting proposals are adopted as they stand - and that is a very big "if" - market watchers expect that they will boost demand for international asset securitizations and will prove a boon for rating agencies and the monoline insurers.

The blueprint from the BIS, the Switzerland-based umbrella group for central banks, suggests that, instead of all asset backeds being 100% risk weighted as they are now, there will be a sliding scale depending on ratings, from a risk weighting as low as 20% for top rated paper, and as high as 150% for deals rated below investment grade.

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