Standard & Poor’s said in a report published today that some of the contributing factors to the near-total depletion of investor-placed issuance in Europe are gradually beginning to abate.

Rationalization of the investor base, changes in accounting treatment for some structured finance holdings, and government support for financial institutions have lessened the threat of forced sales and mark-to-market volatility among structured finance securities. Positive economic indications suggest that—in some sectors at least—the threat of significant further deterioration in credit quality is easing.

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