Last week Moody's Investors Service was preparing to release its most comprehensive structured finance transition study to date, tracking deals as far back as 1983, the rating agency said.

While the rating agency does not purport to have unveiled any major new discoveries, authors Jian Hu and Richard Canter aim to put hard data behind the ideas and concepts arrived at anecdotally by structured finance professionals over the past two decades. As such, the two hope that the study can serve as a statistic reference for the industry.

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