NEW YORK - Packed with nearly 700 registrants the day before the presidential election, the process of politics was replicated at Standard & Poor's Annual Global CDO Conference held here last week. An audience participation panel provided an indication of what the CDO market could expect in 2005 and created a clearer picture of participants flocking to this growing market space.

When it came to expanding their market presence over the next 12 months, the majority of the audience said they plan to do so through exposure in mulit-sector CDOs, otherwise known as ABS CDOs. But synthetics provoked the most attention, with 38% of the audience responding they were present specifically to attend tracks related to the synthetic space; 30% of the audience was there to focus on the cash-flow CDO tracks.

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