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Richard Benson

Richard Benson

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Prior to founding the Specialty Finance Group in 1989, Mr. Benson acted as a trading desk economist for Chase Manhattan Bank in the early 1980's and started in the securitization business in 1983 at Bear Stearns, and helped build the early securitization businesses at Citibank and E.F. Hutton.

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    Published 08 April 2008 | viewed 3,502 times

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    Published 06 December 2007 | viewed 5,869 times

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    Published 26 October 2007 | viewed 3,736 times

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