The onward march of the CDO market

1. Introduction

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The events of January 2006 provided a neat snapshot of the recent development of the collateralised debt obligation (CDO) market. One of those events was the news that a rogue trader at Deutsche Bank in London had been summarily fired for overstating the profits on his CDO trading book by £30 million. That was not the first occasion - and it most certainly will not be the last - on which a leading market participant has been embarrassed by losses sustained in the credit derivatives space. No

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