Unlocking ABS value

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Debt was once viewed as equity’s duller cousin and up until recently many investors looked upon asset-backed securities (ABS) as the maiden aunt of debt asset classes. Steady, reliable, but, frankly, not the life and soul of the party.

However, the attractions of the market have been increasing year by year and investors are giving ABS a second look. The issues are coming thick and fast, topping €125 billion in 2001 – a record for the European market – almost doubling the previous year’s tota

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