Earlier this year, Advanta Financial Corp. dropped its subprime auto lending businesses, just one aspect of a larger phenomenon associated with the company: Advanta has leveled its growth.

Though subprime auto deals from Advanta won't be coming in the year 2000, you might catch a new asset-class - the small business credit card - a loan-type Advanta has been selling into commercial paper conduits since 1996, said Michael Coco, director of securitization at Advanta. If the financing is right, Advanta will break ground next year, with a first-of-its-kind term deal backed by these loans.

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