The American Securitization Forum officially announced that its ASF 2005 conference will be held January 25 through January 26 at the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz. Once again, the conference will feature small panel discussions and one-on-one issuer/investor sit-downs. Entertainment for the conference has been confirmed to be the Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

Barclays Capital has hired nine traders, analysts and sales people for its new mortgage-backed bond team, including four from Citigroup Global Markets. The firm named Will Sylvia as a director in the CMO trading area. Sylvia will report to Levent Kahraman, managing director and head of CMO trading. The moves follow Tom Hamilton, also formerly of Citigroup, who joined Barclays earlier this year.

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