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Argentina looks to Fannie Mae model

January 8, 2007

Greater levels of securitisation or an equivalent of Fannie Mae are needed in order to overcome acute liquidity problems in Argentina’s mortgage market. Jason Mitchell reports from Buenos Aires.

European potential

January 8, 2007

Dr Friedemann Roy highlights the growing opportunities available for mortgage lenders in central and south-eastern Europe.

The road to integration

January 8, 2007

Annik Lambert reports on the findings of two expert bodies and various bilateral discussion groups regarding the future of European Union mortgage market integration.

Global trends

January 8, 2007

Housing finance is enjoying robust growth in many countries across the globe, in both developed and emerging markets. Dr Michael Lea analyses the data.

Writing’s on the wall for sell-side middle men?

January 8, 2007

The speedy adoption of algorithmic trading – which places more power in the hands of buyers and sellers – has altered equity markets to such an extent that some are even predicting the demise of sell-side trading firms altogether. Natasha de Terán explores.

The New-Eco Warriors

January 8, 2007

Can markets succeed where tree-huggers failed? Geraldine Lambe reports.

After the shockwaves

September 4, 2006

Regulatory flack fell on operational shortfalls in the over-the-counter derivatives business early last year. In a round table discussion hosted by The Banker, market participants ponder the potential repercussions on the buy-side and sell-side. 

Seeking a wider audience for sophisticated products

February 6, 2006

Variance and volatility swaps have been among products to capture the minds of sophisticated derivatives players in recent years. Now bankers, index providers and their exchange counterparts are seeking to create standardised, simpler versions of the instruments to widen their uptake. 

Scoring with the CDO market

February 6, 2006

The growing use of collateralised debt obligations, and the speed at which new deals are coming to market, means custodian banks are allocating considerable resources to servicing this profitable seam of business.

Yesterday’s wild upstarts, today’s founding fathers

January 2, 2006

In 80 years the world’s financial markets and the corporate landscape have been transformed out of all recognition. Somewhere along the way Eurobonds, financial futures, securitisation and derivatives were all invented. But by whom? Geraldine Lambe tracked down some of the great innovators of the past few decades and talked to them about the times when long-dated floating rate notes were regarded as dangerous products, the futures business meant pork bellies and orange juice, and a $1m fee was considered outrageous.

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