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April 13, 2014

Although the MBS Market is Ice Cold, Non-Mortgage ABS Burns Red Hot

By John Bancroft

The first three months of 2014 represented the strongest quarterly ABS issuance number since the third quarter of 2009, when $53.27 billion of new deals were issued. It was up a modest 1.7 percent from the strong start in 2013.

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