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CDO Spotlight: The Most Widely Referenced Sovereign Obligors In Standard & Poor's Rated U.S. Synthetic CDOs: Second-Half 2011 Jan 12
Standard & Poors, January 2012
In the second half of 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services initiated a handful of rating actions on the top 25 most widely referenced sovereign obligors in outstanding rated U.S. synthetic collateralized debt obligation (SCDO) transactions. We also observed that five-year credit default swap (CDS) spreads widened for all of the top 25 sovereign obligors. In addition, early terminations/redemptions among the SCDOs we track with sovereign exposure, rather than changes in SCDO exposure to sovereign debt, caused modest ranking moves among the top 25 sovereign obligors. We recently reviewed 579 corporate U.S. SCDOs and established that 321 of them reference one or more sovereign obligors. (We use the term "SCDO" to describe U.S. SCDOs that we surveil from our New...
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