Moody's Investors Service has pointed out in a report released late yesterday that the overall level of credit risk in the structured market is inching up. The rating agency predicted that the easing of credit that happened in 2011 will continue into 2012 and beyond.

"Increased risk in securitizations in and of itself is not troubling," said the report, which was authored by Moody's Managing Director Claire Robinson and Senior Vice President Joseph Snailer. "In many instances, credit enhancement or other structural mechanisms can counterbalance increased risks and support the high credit ratings securitization sponsors desire."

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