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Securitisation based on new, previously unexploited assets, is a growth industry, expected to double in size by the end of 2006. Sarfraz Thind reports on how issuers are getting smarter at applying existing tools to new areas


"I have worked on the asset-backed securities desk since September 2004, and each quarter we have seen a greater quantity of esoteric deals in the market from an asset and jurisdictional point of view," says Frederic Rodrigues, credit analyst on ABS/CDO products at HSBC Halbis Partners in Paris.

Asset innovation in the ABS market has occurred in fits and starts over the past few years. The market has seen one-time issuers looking to get their funding demands met or transfer particular types of

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