While the $200 million sale of Arcadia Financial to Associates First Capital was hailed as positive by most asset-backed players, it also marks the end of a brief but mighty securitization era for Arcadia, a regular auto loan-backed issuer since 1997.

Though retaining a handful of key Arcadia players, as well as some general market strategies, Associates plans to run things a little differently in terms of Arcadia's auto-lending and securitizing businesses.

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