CDO researcher Arturo Cifuentes is no longer heading the CDO research strategy group at Wachovia Securities, sources confirmed. Reached at his home, Cifuentes had no comment about his status. A Wachovia spokesman confirmed that Cifuentes was no longer with the firm, and added that a replacement has not yet been named. Under Cifuentes, the CDO research group gained industry accolades for its reports, which sometimes proved controversial.

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