ABS East 2012, organized by Information Management Network (IMN), is on track to be a little bigger and more upbeat than last year’s conference. Still, the budding optimism will be tamped down by the frustrations many in the industry feel about regulations.

"I expect a modestly improved tone at ABS East this year though the triple threat of a looming fiscal cliff, ongoing Eurozone instability and continuing regulatory uncertainty should help keep the level of enthusiasm in check,” said Kevin Duignan, managing director at Fitch Ratings.

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