While traditional institutional investors still purchase the bulk of asset-backed securities, one segment of the investing community has maintained a healthy appetite for privately marketed ABS, according to a recent survey by ASR sister publication Private Placement Letter. Given the level of investment by this group over the last two years, evidence suggests the ABS market may have a growing audience to discreetly market deals towards.

Last year, private market investors forked over $2 billion into privately placed asset-backed securities, according to PPL's recently published Annual Buyside Survey. Looking back, this same group purchased just over $3 billion in asset-backed investments in 2002.

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