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2Q04 brings U.S. CDO issuance up, improved credit quality

The second quarter of 2004 saw a 30% spike in U.S. CDO volume and a smaller number of downgrades compared to years past, noted Moody's Investors Service. The rating agency issued 43 downgrades in the quarter, a sizeable improvement compared with the 80-downgrade-per-quarter average in 2003.

"CDOs were again...

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