The fourth quarter of 2006 had the same theme that dominated the whole year of 2006 in terms of asset class distribution.

As expected, the real estate sector dominated once again despite the negative headlines that plagued subprime issuers in 4Q06. The quarter was marked by headlines such as Ownit Mortgage Corp. suddenly shutting down its doors and rumors of the possible sale of one, or several, of Orange, Calif.-based ACC Capital Corp.Õs subprime lending units. But, despite all the tumult in this branch of the ABS industry, the real estate asset class still increased to $130.08 billion from the previous quarterÕs showing of $112.69 billion.

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