Fitch Ratings announced on Aug. 2 the launch of Stability Scores for synthetic CDOs. The scores indicate the propensity of a tranche to retain its original rating over a period of one year from closing, thus providing a better understanding of the prospective stability of the ratings.

"Stability Scores will provide investors with additional transparency regarding performance expectations and will enable investors to better distinguish between what are otherwise very similar transactions," said Richard Hrvatin, managing director at Fitch.

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