The factors that propelled the CMBS sector to be a top performer in 2000 - lower supply, good credit quality, and a larger investor base - should continue in 2001, with the commercial real estate and CMBS markets well positioned for a possible economic slowdown in 2001.

According to Salomon Smith Barney, CMBS should perform very well relative to other spread products this year, pricing on top of other similar-rated products such as corporates.

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