NEW YORK -As securitization continues to draw the Enron-weary public eye, members of the ABS community are trying to educate the mainstream financial press, dispelling the notion that securitization itself is a rarity in corporate America, and elsewhere in the world.

Specifically, at a press conference last week hosted by the Bond Market Association, speaker Karen Weaver, ABS research head at Deutsche Banc, pointed out that securitized assets, including both MBS and ABS, account for 34% of the outstanding bond universe, the largest single segment. According to Deutsche Banc's research, there is $5.4 trillion in outstanding securitized assets, $4 trillion of which is MBS, $1.1 trillion ABS and $280 billion CMBS.

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