Not surprisingly, ABS researchers expressed frustration over the restrictive compliance environment, while speaking at last week's ASF-hosted conference. Unsure of what may be flagged as front running under attorney general scrutiny, all three panelists described the importance of working closely with both the banking and the trading operations to efficiently provide their services.

ABS researchers are viewed by many as a core component of the structuring, internal education and banking functions, as opposed to merely being "perks" for clients.

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