BARCELONA - World Cup excitement, pending airline strikes and beautiful weather set the stage for this year's sixth annual Global Asset Securitization Conference in Barcelona, Spain. With 2,500 attendees and nearly 124 exhibitors, it expectedly marked the largest global ABS gathering to date.

In the past, many market sources have claimed Barcelona is the hottest conference of the year. While the rave reviews continued this time around, the atmosphere was entirely different from 2001.

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