Structured Finance In Wonderland


The Cheshire Cat by John Tenniel, 1866

Having worked in structured finance in the caverns of Wall Street, it is known that the structured finance market of CDOs and related securities can be explained and understood in a straightforward manner.  The complexity is mostly associated with the detailed mechanics of modeling and assessing risk to counterparties and investors.

Accordingly, included is a fine infographic presented by MortgageRates that helps illustrate the very basics of the CDO market.  Hat tip to Felix Salmon.


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