* EW YORK - With a laid-back, interactive environment, more akin to a late-night talk show than an industry conference, roughly 325 participants gathered in New York last week for the American Securitization Forum's First Annual Meeting to discuss the issues facing the market. With a stage featuring boardroom chairs and coffee tables, as well as a wireless system allowing audience members to vote on various questions posed by discussion moderators, the gathering made for a perfect mid-year review to the market.

Following opening remarks from U.S. Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance Peter Fisher, the discussions turned to more market-specific topics, including the impact of the broader economy's effect on the ABS and MBS markets, how to handle fraud and blowups and the regulatory challenges posing threats to securitization.

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