If you missed last Monday's West Indian Carnival parade in Brooklyn, NY, then you missed out on Delta Funding Corp.'s banner float, which featured an oddly appealing, triangular-shaped mascot named "Ms. Mortgage."

Delta commonly taps the ABS market through its Renaissance Funding shelf. After shrugging off a rough bout with regulators in the late 1990s for alleged abusive lending, the company has emerged a strong champion of financial literacy, honored several times for its - and Ms. Mortgage's - community initiatives.

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