California-based Impac Mortgage Holdings Inc., a company that is no stranger to the ABS and MBS markets, has placed a focus on developing new ways to help asset- and mortgage-backed transactions run more smoothly.

"We [issuers], along with our underwriters, need to do a better job relative to educating investors on our particular product," said William Ashmore, president and chief operating officer of the company. "The last thing many investors want to do is spend a lot of time reviewing reports and information on products they're unfamiliar with. However, it is apparent from our last securitization, a $460 million transaction, that the underwriters did a good job, because the deal was oversubscribed, resulting in tighter spreads."

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