The American Securitization Forum, in conjunction with Strategic Research Institute, announced that the first-ever ASF Winter Conference is in a familiar place - The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz. The gathering will be held from Jan. 25 through Jan. 28, commencing one week before Information Management Net -work's ABS West 2004 is slated to start. In its release the ASF said that it will continue to host two multi-day conferences per year, the other being the ASF Annual Meeting held each June in New York.

Cyrus Mohebbi was recently hired by ABN Amro as a managing director to run its fixed-income analytics. Mohebbi, who formerly worked at Prudential Securities, was kept on at Prudential to manage its fixed-income holdings remaining on its balance sheet after it closed its institutional fixed-income business. Mohebbi is also a professor in the statistics department at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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