se·​cu·​ri·​tize | \ si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-ˌtīz How to pronounce securitize (audio) , -ˈkyər- \
securitized; securitizing

Definition of securitize

transitive verb

: to consolidate (something, such as mortgage loans) and sell to other investors for resale to the public in the form of securities

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Other Words from securitize

securitization \ si-​ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce securitize (audio) , -​ˌkyər-​ \ noun

Examples of securitize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will securitize the costs of incomplete payments by retail electric providers to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas that were left over from February’s winter storm. Dallas News, 21 June 2021 Friday, the governor also gave his signature to Senate Bill 1580 that would securitize the debt owed by electric coops, namely, Brazos Electric Coop and Rayburn Electric Coop. Dallas News, 21 June 2021 Wait for a massive costly event, securitize the costs. Morgan O'hanlon, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 Some players in the ERCOT market may be allowed to securitize their debts. Robert Bryce, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Rather than require customers to pay their entire bill at once, electric providers could allow for a payment plan and municipal power companies may seek to securitize the debt and extend repayment over several years to cushion the impact. Russell Gold, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 Instead, Duke is putting together a deal to securitize the costs, issuing a bond that would be paid back over 10 years. Mark Chediak,, 12 May 2020 Borghi pushed back against Draghi, saying that mini-BOTs would just securitize already existing debt. Washington Post, 11 June 2019 Banks can choose which mortgages to securitize and sell, but Fannie and Freddie are essentially required to buy any mortgages that meet certain criteria. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of securitize

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Securitize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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transitive verb
se·​cur·​i·​tize | \ si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-ˌtīz How to pronounce securitize (audio) \
securitized; securitizing

Legal Definition of securitize

: to convert (assets) into securities typically by transferring them (as by sale) to a special trust, partnership, or corporation that issues them as securities with a resulting reallocation or reduction of risk and increase in liquidity for the company (as a bank) acting as the sponsor of the transaction — see also asset-backed security at security

Other Words from securitize

securitization \ si-​ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce securitize (audio) \ noun


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