The next country in Asia to be a prime candidate for residential mortgage securitization is Singapore, according to a special report issued last week from Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co.

Because residential mortgages tend to be a low credit-risk product, they have been a natural choice for kick-starting the securitization process in many countries, the report said. Additionally, investor preferences to consider relatively safer asset classes in a country before investing into the riskier ones contributes to making residential mortgages key candidates for securitization.

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