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Friday, 20 October 2017

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  • The logo of Barclays bank is seen at its office in the Canary Wharf business district of London

    Bringing CoCos mainstream

    Bonds | 06 December 2013

    Barclays is looking at ways of making contingent capital instruments more palatable to fixed-income investors, as analysts predict a broader client base will be needed to absorb the billions of euros-worth of CoCo securities that are expected to hit the market in the coming years.

  • From momentum to leader

    Derivatives House and Credit Derivatives House: Citigroup

    All Special Reports | 13 December 2013

    The seemingly unending overhaul of banks’ derivatives businesses in response to a changing regulatory regime left the door wide open for those that were first-movers in post-crisis recovery. For defying its critics to finally surge into the top tier across regions and asset classes with a model built to embrace the new regime, Citigroup is IFR’s Derivatives House and Credit Derivatives  House of the Year.

  • Gold price

    Gold hedging debate reopens

    Derivatives | 24 May 2013

    The recent sharp drop in the price of gold may encourage miners that are feeling the squeeze on their margin production costs to undertake a dramatic U-turn and open up hedge books once again, although bank overtures are likely to meet stern resistance from clients after years of shunning hedging programmes.

  • Stephen O’Connor

    ISDA voices regulation concerns

    Derivatives | 04 May 2012

    International Swaps and Derivatives Association chairman Stephen O’Connor has voiced “serious concerns” about over-the-counter derivatives rules that could raise costs for end-users, create regulatory arbitrage opportunities and even harm the broader economy.

  • Investors burnt by index overshoot

    ​Investors burnt by index overshoot on CDS rebirth

    Derivatives | 10 October 2014

    A number of hedge funds were left licking their wounds last Monday following the launch of new legal documentation for credit default swap indices – the US$21trn credit derivatives market’s most significant overhaul in more than five years.

  • The International Swaps and Derivatives Association's chairman Stephen O’Connor

    "Serious concerns" over derivatives regulations — ISDA

    Capital City | 02 May 2012

    The International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s chairman Stephen O’Connor has voiced “serious concerns” about over-the-counter derivatives rules that could raise costs for end-users, create regulatory arbitrage opportunities and even harm the broader economy.

  • Del Missier

    “Not entirely obvious”? FSA docs contradict del Missier claim about Libor fixing

    Capital City | 17 July 2012

    When faced with tough questions about the activities of Barclays traders from a parliamentary select committee on Monday, former Barclays COO Jerry Del Missier professed to be non-plussed about why traders would seek to manipulate Libor.

  • 1997: JP Morgan’s US$700m Bistro bond: the first CDO

    All Special Reports | 06 August 2013

    Start of something big - About a week before Christmas 1997, JP Morgan launched the rather clunkily named Broad Index Secured Trust Offering, a US$700m bond issue referencing a portfolio of more than 300 corporate and public finance credits across Europe and North America.

  • A new regime?

    Derivatives | 25 August 2012

    Derivatives experts suggest a fundamental shift in the way investors trade volatility could be partly responsible for equity volatility sinking to five-year lows over the past fortnight.

  • Aggregators eye SEF market role

    Derivatives | 10 January 2014

    The banking community’s reluctance to pick winners from the various fledgling swap execution facility platforms has opened the door for technology vendors to fill the void by providing connectivity aggregation services, a new report has found.

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