ABS issuance will be slightly north of last year’s, according to panelists in today’s 2011 market outlook panel at ASF 2011. The conference is being held in Orlando this week. 

J Richard Blewitt, managing director and co-head of securitized assets at BlackRock, pegged issuance at around $105 billion to $115 billion, but he said that the number will still depend on various factors including rating agency scrutiny of legacy assets and collateral performance uncertainty particularly in the private student loan arena, among other things.

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