Subprime contagion

Conduits

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The rout in the US subprime mortgage market has claimed a number of high-profile victims in recent months, with hedge funds such as Bear Stearns Asset Management and Sydney-based Basis Capital reporting bulky losses attributed to subprime exposures. Over the past month, however, attention has focused squarely on conduits and structured investment vehicles (SIVs) - and the crisis has hit them hard. Concerned about potential losses in these particular portfolios, investors have refused to roll

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