Latest articles from Derivatives & Structured Products

A single view of risk and return

September 3, 2007

Financial firms need to establish a single view of risk and return in their organisations, a view aligned with business needs, that meets external requirements, and that is positioned to create value.

The risks of severe, infrequent events

September 3, 2007

Too little is made of the fact that financial market institutions have been underprepared to measure, manage and price high-impact risks; indeed decision makers are actively rewarded for underestimating risks associated with low-probability events. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (left)and George A Martin (right) explain.

Collaring market villains

September 3, 2007

With increased competition, fragmentation and diversity in asset classes, the job of exchanges and regulators around the world in surveying their markets is becoming increasingly difficult. Serious investment is required to stay ahead of the fraudsters. Alan Duerden explains.

Getting on with the neighbours

September 3, 2007

Stephen Timewell reports on the fruits of a new found spirit of co-operation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Looking to a greater overseas presence

September 3, 2007

After the bunker mentality of the early 2000s, when some banks sold off almost all their overseas assets, Japan’s big banks are increasingly turning their attentions abroad. Charles Smith reports.

Plenty of room for derivativesin project finance space

September 3, 2007

Large numbers of energy and infrastructure projects across the globe have been funded through the use of project finance, opening up established and emerging economies to new forms of economic growth. Banks compete fiercely to fund these deals, but face a host of complex risks. Natasha de Terán explores how they manage them.

The City makes a head startfor hub status

September 3, 2007

The market for Islamic banking is forecast to grow at double the rate that conventional wholesale banking will grow in the next five years. Unsurprisingly, banking centres around the world are scrambling to establish footprints in the market. Natasha de Terán investigates how London is positioned.

Over-the-counter remedy needed

August 1, 2007

Over-the-counter derivatives, specifically credit derivatives, have exploded on to the trading scene in recent years. In a technologically rich, standardised environment, the processing of OTC products still has a way to go. Alan Duerden reports.

BNP Paribas makes structured products more flexible

August 1, 2007

BNP Paribas’ structuring team is meeting growing demand with some innovative approaches. Edward Russell-Walling explains.

Subprime mortgage woes

August 1, 2007

As major players face rating downgrades, observers wonder if the problems in the credit market will cascade into the equity markets.

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