More than 3,000 industry attendants are expected at the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Resort, for this week's Information Management Network twelfth annual ABS East conference. Participants are expected to grapple with industry conundrums that range from the cyclical, such as concerns about disruptions in the housing market, to best practices for dealing with emerging asset classes like covered bonds. Among the registered attendees, IMN estimates that some 1,300 are issuers and investors.
This year, the IMN has assembled a lineup of high-profile industry speakers for its general panel sessions. On Monday, Dr. Edward Yardeni, chief investment strategist at Oak Hill Associates and Dr. David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities, will headline an economist roundtable discussion on topics including the impact of corporate credit events, interest rates and the policy biases of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on the securitization markets. Yardeni's articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's and The New York Times. He has also made several television and radio show appearances, including on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.