More than 1,000 attendees are expected to gather this week at Information Management Network's Spring ABS 2007 conference held in Miami Beach, Fla. Aside from the emphasis on global emerging markets, which is new to this type of conference, what sets this gathering apart is the time it's occurring - when the subprime mortgage market is in the midst of a fallout and is, naturally, on everybody's mind.

The title of one of the conference's first panels says it all: It's Been a Hard Day's Night: The U.S. Subprime MBS Market. Market participants have said that the subprime debacle could actually boost attendance at the conference because everybody is nervous, and it's a chance for market professionals to reconnect and discuss the prevalent issues in the sector, and probably find solutions to many of the problems facing it.

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