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The ability to model the entire structure of a deal is the most important operational issue facing investors of asset-backed securities, according to a study by Principia Partners. The structured finance analytics firm surveyed more than 150 attendees at the American Securitization Forum's conference held in Orlando in early February. Nearly one-third of respondents are investors, almost one-quarter issuers, 16% mortgage servicers and 28% categorized as other. Principia said 70% of investors and issuers said they plan to increase involvement in the ABS markets over the next year, with 50% expecting to ramp up activity in the next six months. Nearly four-fifths of investors responding to the survey said they plan to boost investment in ABS and mortgage-backed securities in 2011. Principia said a prior study showed about three-fifths of investors expected to increase investment activity this year. The firm said its 2010 study also showed more than half of the 500 market participants surveyed then said they "were not effective at modeling the full deal structure in their analysis of new or existing securities." Write to Jason Philyaw.

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