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Structured investment vehicle

Definition:

A fund that borrows for the short-term by issuing commercial paper to invest in long-term assets like MBS and asset-backed securities. The profit is made on the credit spread between short-term debt and long-term investments. Structured Investment Vehicles are often used as off-balance sheet investments by financial firms. SIVs played an important role in the credit crunch of 2007-2008.

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