Moody's Investors Service this week is releasing a report detailing historical ABS supply trends, breaking down issuance into several subsets, such as tranches per deal, ratings distribution, and collateral backing supply.

The study aims to put hard data behind well-known trends. For instance, not surprisingly, the market has become somewhat less top heavy from a ratings perspective since the late 1990s, reflecting, among other things, an increased bid for subordinate tranches, at least in part attributable to the ABS CDO phenomenon.

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