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Structured Credit: Market round-up

Kensington concerns:

Although Fitch said it was not taking immediate rating action on the fact that Kensington Mortgages used its reserve fund to pay coupons on RMS 15 and 16 due to increasing arrears, it is clear that the agency is concerned about these two non-conforming transactions. The news that arrears are rising will concern participants in the non-conforming RMBS especially as this is regarded as the best originator in the sector.

Deutsche gears up in US:

Deutsche Bank is beefing up its US mortgage-backed team, a sector where it lags Wall Street's bulge-bracket firms.

In June Hyung Myung Peak joined from RBS Greenwich Capital as a managing director and head of private label CMO trading. Adam Yarnold, previously at UBS, becomes head of adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) trading.

In May, Deutsche appointed Christopher Babu, from Bank of America, a director in mortgage derivative trading. At the same time it made a move to bolster its MBS sales coverage with the appointment of Mark Zarrilli. Reporting to Michael Jordan, Zarilli was a Bank of America veteran, with 12 years under his belt at the bank.

Polverino takes team to Merrill

Merrill Lynch has poached a 23-strong European derivatives team from JPMorgan.

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