The martini of CDO maturation was shaken and stirred last week when Credit Suisse First Boston announced it had undertaken a major transition toward CDO transparency, joining other top-ranked firms that are now disseminating deal structure and collateral information to third-party analytic provider Intex.

CSFB has been the No. 1 underwriter of CDOs for the past several years, and presumably has the most data to disseminate. This development follows a record-setting spike in trading in the secondary market last month, attributed in part to the underwriting community's efforts to provide more transparency on existing deals, or so they would have us believe.

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