Harvard Senior Explains CDO Meltdown

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Buried in the acknowledgments of the just released "The Big Short," Michael Lewis's yarn about the financial crisis, the author praises A.K. Barnett-Hart, a Harvard undergraduate whose thesis about the market for subprime mortgage-backed CDOs was more interesting than any Wall Street research on the subject.

Intrigued, Deal Journal tracked down Ms. Barnett-Hart, now a 24-year-old financial analyst working at a large New York investment bank. Her paper, "The Story of the CDO Market Meltdown: An Empirical Analysis," was handed in a year ago this week and was awarded summa cum laude and the Harvard Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work.

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