Re-evaluating valuation


"It's as if everyone's sitting around a table, staring at one another trying not to be the first to blink," says one New York-based credit strategist at a Wall Street firm. What he's describing is the tension among dealers in the collateralised debt obligation of asset-backed securities (CDO of ABSs) market. Since delinquencies in US subprime mortgages jumped alarmingly earlier this year, CDOs referencing portfolios of subprime loans have come under the spotlight. The past few months have se