Credit-Enhancing Interest-Only Strip Law and Legal Definition

According to 12 CFR 325.2 [Title 12 -- Banks and Banking; Chapter III -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Subchapter B -- Regulations and Statements of General Policy; Part 325 -- Capital Maintenance; Subpart A -- Minimum Capital Requirements], credit-enhancing interest-only strip means “an on-balance sheet asset that, in form or in substance:

(i) Represents the contractual right to receive some or all of the interest due on transferred assets; and

(ii) Exposes the bank to credit risk directly or indirectly associated with the transferred assets that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the assets, whether through subordination provisions or other credit enhancement techniques.”