What's behind the demand for CDOs

3. product demand

Although the trend of rising demand for CDOs was arrested in the first quarter of 2007, reflecting jitters over the US subprime mortgage market, perhaps the clearest evidence of the success of the longer-term CDO market has been the conspicuous broadening of the investor base over the past five years.

No longer a market dominated by a clique of sophisticated hedge funds, CDOs have evolved into a popular and well-understood instrument among pension funds, insurance companies and even retail invest

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