Invention is the mother of CDO market expansion

1. introduction

There does not seem to be any stopping the market for collateralised debt obligations. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, according to data published in January 2007 by Moody's Investors Service, rated issuance of CDOs grew by 78% in 2006, to EUR101.9 billion.

In its review of issuance volume in 2006, Moody's identified Basel II and economic capital as the key drivers behind this surge of issuance, but plenty of other influences are fuelling the continued expansion and broadening of th

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