This report summarizes Moody's rating changes in the asset-backed securities market during the first half of 2000. It is the latest in a series of reports that reviews the history of rating upgrades and downgrades since the market's inception. In our review of the rating changes that occurred between January 1, 2000 and June 30, 2000 we found the following:

*Downgrades of asset-backed securities far exceeded upgrades during the first half of the year.

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