The asset-backed and commercial mortgage-backed markets may be shaken again by the Fitch/Duff merger.

As the newly minted Fitch rating agency announced a single set of combined ratings for a slew of mortgage-backed and asset-backed deals last week - a long-awaited move that resulted from the recent merger of Fitch IBCA and Duff and Phelps Credit Rating Co. (DCR) - market participants predicted that the as-yet unresolved issue of how regulators will look upon the new ratings will surely rattle the securitization sectors considerably going forward.

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