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As easy as ABCP

January 2, 2003

The asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market, which started modestly as a way for banks to move assets off their balance sheet, using special purpose vehicles known as conduits, is today among the most innovative and complex financial sectors, often supporting entirely synthetic transactions. But its very success is arousing concern among some close observers.

Battle for the benchmark

October 2, 2002

The fight to sell government euro bonds has never been fiercer. The French and Germans are battling it out for benchmark status while other eurozone countries are increasing liquidity and issuance size. Troubled equity markets make it all very attractive to investors.

Is the PFI about to hit the buffers?

August 2, 2002

Forget worrying about corporate collapses. The growth of PFI financing is playing havoc with public money. Eventually an Enron-style disaster will be rerun on a sovereign balance sheet.

Spotlight on a shady world

July 2, 2002

Melvyn Westlake says the legal row between Nomura and CSFB could result in more transparency in the world of credit derivatives.

Equity derivatives enter the dialogue

June 2, 2002

Banks are benefiting from an increase in corporate sector demand for alternative ways of raising finance while capital markets are effectively closed. 

Enron fallout: why insurers fail banks

March 2, 2002

JP Morgan Chase thought it had its Enron risks insured. Now it is fighting a legal battle to reclaim the money. The case raises wider questions about the effectiveness of credit insurance and the much-heralded convergence between banking and insurance.

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