Barclays Capital has hired a longtime Nomura Securities International agency mortgage researcher, and Nomura's continued participation in the agency MBS market appears questionable.Art Frank, Nomura's former director of MBS, has been named director and mortgage strategist at Barclays, according to the latter company. A Nomura spokesman had not returned a call by deadline time, and efforts to reach the company's agency MBS team through its switchboard were met with uncertainty about whether the business was still offering services in that area.

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