With more than $16.2 billion in business, Salomon Smith Barney continued its rule over the public/rule 144A asset-backed market last quarter, according to preliminary figures provided by Thomson Financial Securities Data.

Salomon nearly doubled the $8.4 billion in managed proceeds for the same period in 2000. Assuming nobody breaches the bank's $4 billion press-time lead, this marks Salomon's fourth consecutive turn at the top.

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