The American Securitization Forum announced that its 2006 conference will be held from Jan. 29 through Jan. 1 at the Wynn Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas. The Wynn, which officially opens Monday, has 2,700 rooms, a conference facility and an 18-hole golf course on site, is expected to provide lodging for all conference attendees.

Charles "Chip" Schorin, long-time Morgan Stanley head of ABS research, left the firm last Wednesday to take a position at an undisclosed hedge fund. Schorin was not available at his office at Morgan Stanley last Thursday, and multiple sources within the firm confirmed he was "no longer with the firm" but declined to give any further details. There was no word as of press time as to who would be replacing him or when.

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