Phorgy Phynance

Synthetic CDO downgrades

with 2 comments

This S&P article via Calculated Risk

Ratings On 75 U.S. Synthetic CDOs Of ABS Lowered Following U.S. Subprime RMBS Review

Of the 92 ratings actions listed in the S&P article, it looks to me like

  • 15 of them were AAA (3 downgraded to A),
  • 27 of them were AA (4 downgraded to BBB),
  • 30 of them were A
  • 20 of them were BBB

There is very likely going to be forced selling for the 15 AAA securities and certainly with the 20 BBB securities breaching the barrier into junk status, i.e. high yield.


Written by Eric

July 19, 2007 at 10:46 am

Posted in CDO, Ratings Agencies

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  1. Do you have any idea about the sizes ? 50mn BBB for example is close to nothing.


    July 19, 2007 at 10:47 pm

  2. Good question! I don’t know the answer. I’ll update if I find out. The original article didn’t mention sizes (unless I missed it on the first skim).


    July 20, 2007 at 7:09 am

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