Tag Archive: Financial Crisis

Mar 06

Synthetic CDOs, Conflicts of Interest, and Securities Fraud

Jennifer O’Hare Following the financial crisis, the synthetic collateralized debt obligation (“CDO”)—a complex derivative that received little mainstream attention prior to the housing meltdown—became big news. Journalists wrote numerous articles explaining how synthetic CDOs spread the contagion of toxic assets throughout the financial system, nearly bringing down the global economy. Government hearings exposed the ugly …

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