Fitch creates new CDO rating group

Fitch Ratings has created a new rating group within its CDO division to respond to the growing issuance of collateralised debt obligations backed by US commercial real estate (CRE). Jill Zelter, managing director of CDOs at Fitch Ratings, says: “With CRE CDO issuance up over 100% in the first quarter of 2006 and the average deal size more than doubling, it is obvious that more investors are increasingly finding favour with CRE CDOs.”

The new group consists of CMBS analysts transferring internally

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