LAS VEGAS - Attendees at the opening session of the American Securitization Forum's conference last week were given the chance to express views on several industry topics by using handheld voting devices. In game show style, panel members at ASF 2006 asked various questions of audience members and displayed the results.

While most of the results were somewhat predictable, others were surprising. When asked if domestic or international ABS issuance had grown at a faster rate from 1995 to 2005, only 61% of audience members chose international issuance. Issuance from outside the U.S. had grown over the decade at a rate of 5,421% compared with 646% growth in domestic issuance - a figure that seemed to surprise many.

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