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Bridging asset classes

July 6, 2010

The traditional divisions of derivatives structuring teams into individual silos for each asset class are breaking down, as investment banks seek to offer more coordinated responses to their clients' needs. Writer Philip Alexander


A tough call

May 28, 2010

Regulators are intent on reforming the role that derivatives play in bankruptcies, with the aim of preventing a future AIG or Lehman Brothers. But some are warning that, without a direct ban of these controversial financial instruments, this will be no easy task. Writer Suzanne Miller

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Paving the way for a market revival

May 5, 2010

Thomas Fang, head of Greater China risk management products intermediary sales at UBS

The Asian structured products market is slowly rebuilding itself after the fallout from the global financial crisis. High-net-worth investors are getting their risk appetite back but providers are having to structure shorter-term products in order to win business. Writer Michael Marray

Asset managers set their own terms

May 5, 2010

Azad Mahavar, head of structured products for the UK market at BNP Paribas in London

A growing number of institutional investors are using structured products to generate extra yield, but they are demanding greater transparency and liquidity of structured products than ever before. Writer Michael Marray

A cautionary tale

May 5, 2010

As appetite for equity slowly returns to the world's markets, private banking clients remain shy of structured products. And if they are to be tempted back to this once-booming sector, there must be a shift towards more transparent and less complex products. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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Structured products: rebuilding to regain trust

May 5, 2010

Jean-Eric Pacini, head of structured products sales for BNP Paribas in London

When the bear market left investors with structured products that were deeply out of the money, investment banks drafted rescue plans to win back client loyalty. Writer Philip Alexander

New products for the FX basket

March 31, 2010

Whether it is algorithmic models or simple pay-offs based on baskets of currencies, currency trades are proving to be increasingly popular with buyers of structured products looking to complement their equities, commodities and fixed-income investments. Writer Michael Marray

Regulation looms over ABS market

March 3, 2010

With a few deals signalling the resuscitation of the global asset-backed securities market, bankers say it is gingerly getting back on its feet. But it faces a barrage of political, regulatory and accounting constraints that will make any recovery slow and painful. Writer Suzanne Miller

Still bursting with ideas

November 27, 2009

Product innovation may have stalled under the threat of tougher regulations from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, but the major players still have plenty of good ideas to offer, writes Suzanne Miller.

Equity derivatives: The new environment

October 28, 2009

Emmanuel Naim, Equity manager for the cross-asset solutions group, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking

Emmanuel Naim, equity manager for the cross-asset solutions group at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, explains how the equity derivatives business has overcome the challenges posed by the Lehman bankruptcy to continue offering investors ways to participate in the equity market. Writer Philip Alexander

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