Banks push rated CDO equity deals

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Investment banks and asset managers are teaming up to offer collateralised debt obligation (CDO) equity in a rated format. While zero-coupon equity products have been marketed for almost a year, the addition of a rating and third-party asset manager is new and is designed to appeal to investors who can only buy rated instruments.

This latest development is part of the overall effort in the structured credit market to distribute equity risk to a wider audience in the aftermath of the May 2005

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