A number of upstart players are trying to break into the mortgage-backed securities market this year, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nomura Securities, Greenwich Capital Markets, BNP Paribas and Barclays Capital are all said to be in the process of bulking up on fixed-income staff, especially in residential and commercial mortgages. Even more intriguing, a host of German banks are said to be mulling the idea of becoming active players in U.S. mortgage-backeds, which could greatly alter the market landscape.

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