Faced with the prospect of refinancing nearly $1.4 trillion of U.S. commercial real estate debt in the next four years, real estate investors remain skeptical, despite the halting recovery of capital markets in recent months, whether CMBS can restart with sufficient volume to finance the recovery of the commercial property markets.

Poorly underwritten, substandard loans have been blamed on securitizing lenders' failure to retain any risk in the loans originated. But what is the most effective form of risk retention appropriate to the commercial real estate market?

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