Scottsdale, Ariz. - Though the majority of the asset-backed world congregated and cavorted under the powerful desert sun here last week, the prognosis for the future of ABS was anything but dry and barren.

Quite to the contrary, in fact: rampant talk of using the Internet to conduct bids and offers online, as well as talk of strong ABS technicals, more tiering in the marketplace, a "hot" and burgeoning collateralized bond obligation market, huge amounts of growth in the asset-backed commercial paper sector and a focus on off-the-run issuers for 2000 were just a few of the themes that whetted the appetite of investors and issuers alike - leaving many of the more than 1,500 attendees at the two conferences with an unquenchable desire to shmooze and talk business.

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