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Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

Argentina continues to walk a default tightrope

July 1, 2015

It is becoming less and less likely that Argentina will resolve its dispute with international investors over its 2002 default before its presidential election in October. The question is, will the country drift further apart from the international investor community, or will the next government bring about the structural reforms markets are impatient to see?

Investors look to cross-asset derivatives strategies

Investors look to cross-asset derivatives strategies

July 1, 2015

Frustrated by poor returns from traditional long-only portfolios, investors are increasingly examining the possibility of venturing into cross-asset derivatives strategies. And dealers are keen to offer such products, with Risk Premia indices proving particularly popular. 

Structured products market wary of TLAC threat

Structured products market wary of TLAC threat

July 1, 2015

After a tough few years during and after the financial crisis, the structured products market has pulled itself back together and is in reasonably good shape. However, dealers say new capital rules from the FSB could kill off the business altogether, just as it has begun a shift towards more automation and greater execution efficiency.  

Leverage ratio could deal fatal blow to client clearing

Leverage ratio could deal fatal blow to client clearing

July 1, 2015

Regulators have looked to central clearing as a solution for many ills in the derivatives market, but banks are now saying that they may be unable to offer a clearing house connection to clients because of costs imposed by another new regulatory measure: the leverage ratio.

Structured products investors look beyond home markets for returns

Structured products investors look beyond home markets for returns

July 1, 2015

Structured products investment is becoming more mobile, with investors looking to new regions for higher returns. European and Japanese markets have proved enticing over the last year or so, while China is moving ever closer to releasing its full potential as an investor destination.  

Juan Pablo Cordoba

Colombia stock exchange chief looks to make up capital market ground

July 1, 2015

The head of Colombia's stock exchange, Juan Pablo Cordoba, discusses the need for further capital market integration in the Andean region, and tells Silvia Pavoni how deepening its capital markets ties in with the country's wider economic plan. 

Germany takes bold step into inflation market

July 1, 2015

The German government chose a period of heightened eurozone bond volatility to issue its first 30-year inflation-linked bund, but exceeded expectations in what was an unfamiliar market.

Oxford college learns new tricks

Oxford college breaks new ground with bond issuance

June 1, 2015

University College, one of oldest colleges at Oxford University, has taken advantage of the near-zero rate environment to issue the lowest-yielding university bond ever recorded.

Former bail-out chief helps steer Cyprus back to health

Former Cyprus bail-out chief helps steer sovereign back to capital markets

June 1, 2015

The timely passage of a bill to strengthen the local insolvency law helped convince both the International Monetary Fund and sovereign bond investors that the Cyprus credit story should not be bracketed with that of Greece.

Islamic bank of the year awards 2015

Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2015

June 1, 2015

The Islamic finance success story shows no signs of abating, with banks in this field continuing to thrive in spite of continuing global economic pressures and social and political unrest in many of its strongholds. We celebrate the industry’s finest in our Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2015. 

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