Orlando, Fla. - American consumers are still enjoying the golden age' of credit, which should buoy their fortunes - and that of the ABS market - in the face of uncertainty surrounding the housing market and a mixed outlook on the economy.

Despite widespread concerns about excess borrowing and debt obligations spinning out of control, several factors are at work in consumers' favor, said Mary Kane, director of consumer ABS research at Citigroup Global Markets, during an afternoon investor workshop session at Information Management Network's ABS East held here. Those factors include lower bankruptcy filings,

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