LAS VEGAS - From subprime lenders to home equity ABS investors, attendees at the Information Management Network's Subprime ABS conference held here last week found themselves predicting - in the midst of a changing U.S. housing market landscape - how the sector will make it through a downturn.

"In the very near term, particularly for seasoned transactions, the biggest risk is going to be the Fed. It is going to be difficult to (refinance) people out," said Iris Bader, a director at TIAA-CREF, reflecting popular sentiment among the conference's roughly 200 attendees. "Looking forward, as borrowers are possibly not ready to cure themselves, I think the next thing is going to be - what are the economics of the business."

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