Latest articles from Frances Maguire

Revenue streams from chaos

February 3, 2004

Collateral management is becoming increasingly important in a commoditised market, especially in Europe. Frances Maguire finds that Europe’s fragmented infrastructure and lack of netting have created the need for outsourced collateral management.

SunGard offers brand mix

February 3, 2004

SunGard is changing direction, with plans to launch an integrated systems platform that will allow clients to mix and match its products, Frances Maguire reports.

Exchanging over the counter

January 5, 2004

There are signs that volume in exchange-traded derivatives is growing faster than over-the-counter products. Frances Maguire examines the drivers behind this trend and the impact of clearing on trading in capital markets.
Standardised exchange-traded contracts have always represented the tip of the iceberg, dwarfed by the volumes carried out by banks over the counter in the form of complex, structured, customised instruments. While this is still the case and both continue to grow, a study – published by Morgan Stanley and Mercer Oliver Wyman in June 2003 – found that for the preceding 18 months, exchange-traded derivatives had grown faster than off-exchange products for the first time in a decade.

Europe takes pooling plunge

December 2, 2003

Firms operating across Europe are prevented from achieving the same
economies of scale as those in the US because of the multiple
jurisdictions in which they have to operate. However, the market is
gradually moving towards “domicile indifference” through pooling funds.
Frances Maguire reports.

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