Latest articles from Derivatives & Structured Products

Stephane Mattatia

Investors warm to bankers' new volatility products

June 30, 2011

Banks are using volatility products with transparent structures and pay-offs that are easy to understand to attract a growing number of institutional and individual investors.

David Rouch

Structured products move one step closer to harmonisation

June 30, 2011

In theory, the advent of the Ucits IV Directive should lead to standardised documentation for structured products across the EU. In practice, structurers must still work with diverging national regulatory frameworks.

Joe Cassidy

Dodd-Frank one year on

June 30, 2011

Joe Cassidy, Deutsche Bank’s global head of prime rates brokerage and clearing, considers how the over-the-counter derivative landscape is evolving and what market participants can do to prepare for the changes.

Paul Fulcher

New regulations see insurers and banks link up over liquidity

June 30, 2011

The advent of Solvency II and Basel III means insurers are reconsidering where to invest, just as banks are looking for new sources of funding. Structurers are seeking ways to play these mutual interests.

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Germany returns to structured products centre stage

May 4, 2011

The German structured products market is growing steadily again and providers are involved in an intense battle for market share.

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The role of structured products in the fight against inflation

May 4, 2011

Investors are nervous about inflation, and structured products providers are reporting steady demand for returns linked to interest and inflation rates, as well as traditional defensive plays using commodities prices.

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Structured product investors renew risk appetite

May 4, 2011

With inflation eroding real returns, investors are ready to take on greater equity market risk. But only if other risks can be excluded from the mix.

Ben Aitkenhead, head of US CMBS, Credit Suisse

Europe lags US securitisation revival

February 22, 2011

The European market for commercial mortgage-backed securities seems to be struggling to reinvent itself in time to handle a looming wall of maturities

MiFID review could have serious impact on OTC derivatives

January 31, 2011

A proposed reform of MiFID could have a major impact on the OTC derivatives market, and it has been suggested that the authorities are paying only lip-service to consultation.

Chris Murphy, global head of rates derivatives and swaps trading at UBS

Regulation and interest rates create hedging uncertainty

January 31, 2011

Sharp divergences of opinion on the trajectory of interest rates in 2011 make life difficult enough for borrowers and investors, but regulation is providing an extra layer of ambiguity.

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