The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. federal agency created to support U.S. business interests in developing countries, recently announced a new political risk insurance product designed to enhance bonds - including securitizations - sold by emerging market issuers to U.S. investors.

Traditionally, OPIC insurance has been used primarily by U.S. equity investors and by banks supporting the activities of their U.S. clients abroad. In the bank loan market, OPIC insurance has been available to cover currency inconvertibility, expropriation and political violence.

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