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On Our Watch: CMBS in the Time of COVID-19

Perhaps no credit market is as much a bellwether for the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). While the impact of relief programs on consumer-based markets remains to be seen, CMBS offers a broad view into the health of consumers, vulnerable industries, the success of stimulus programs on small and medium-sized businesses and the overall economy. Deals in the pipeline may be in jeopardy as parties re-evaluate their positions and consider the outlook for commercial tenants in vulnerable areas, such as hospitality and retail. Meanwhile, performance of existing deals may be impacted by commercial tenant insolvencies and suspensions of bankruptcy proceedings. Read more…