While the first day of workshops at ABS conferences – which generally take place during the initial meet and greet/registration period – are typically slow, at the IMN/Fabozzi "Investor & Issuer Summit on Global ABS 2003" held in Barcelona this week, some of the seminars were scoring 100-plus audiences. 

The mid-day "CDO Analytics" panel saw nearly 200 in attendance, with European CDO investors apparently as concerned with transparency issues as those in the U.S. One investor on the panel said that one of the biggest challenges is the access to trustee reports, which are hard to come by for those who don’t already own the bonds. “We’d like to see free access to trustee reports in some sort of centralized database,” the investor said.

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