The residential mortgage-backed securities sector in 2005 grew by more than $200 billion in issuance from 2004. Combining both agency and non-agency RMBS, total issuance reached 1,264 deals worth $960.5 billion last year, compared with 1,201 deals worth $755.2 billion in 2004, according to data culled by Thomson Financial.

And for the second year in a row, Bear Stearns swept in to take the top spot among manager activity rankings in the sector. Bear topped the 2005 league tables after briefly flirting midyear with a third place ranking, only to scale back to number one in the fourth quarter and final year-end tally.

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