Issuers are the bread and butter of the ABS industry, and drawing new collateral sources into the market means drawing new personalities - and their firms - into the securitization market. Last week's new issuer workshop, focusing on securitization fundamentals, attracted a packed room dominated by newcomers.

"Considering all the hoopla over having two competing conferences, this is a positive sign for the market going forward," said one panelist privately.

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