"Liquidity" is a word we are hearing more often than ever before. From news reports to congressional testimony to casual conversations, there is heightened awareness that liquidity is what the market needs to get the economy back on a path to growth and prosperity.

When the credit markets collapsed, market players did not have the available tools to value whole loans and asset-backed securities. As a result, buyers and sellers became paralyzed, market confidence evaporated and liquidity virtually disappeared.

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