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Friday, 20 October 2017

Christopher Whittall' s stories

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  • Fighting for higher returns

    Fixed income trading enters new era

    Derivatives | 31 October 2014

    Banks are re-drawing the battle lines in fixed income trading, with firms taking radically different views on where profits can be made under the new regulatory regime in a division that has historically accounted for the lion’s share of investment banking revenues.

  • ICE tables Libor standardisation plans

    Derivatives | 24 October 2014

    The London Interbank Offered Rate may soon become a misnomer. The key financial benchmark that serves as a reference point for around US$350trn of financial contracts should include transactions with non-bank firms such as money market funds, large corporates, central banks and sovereign wealth funds, according to the IntercontinentalExchange.

  • Euro stoxx 50 vs iTraxx Europe

    Credit roars ahead of equities on sell-off

    Derivatives | 24 October 2014

    The violent market sell-off in mid-October along with the prospect of the European Central Bank buying corporate bonds has created attractive trading opportunities for relative value investors, with European credit surging ahead of the region’s stock markets.

  • A sign for Bank Street is seen in London

    ICE tables Libor standardisation plans

    Capital City | 21 October 2014

    The London Interbank Offered Rate may soon become a misnomer. The key financial benchmark that serves as a reference point for around US$350trn of financial contracts should include transactions with non-bank firms such as money market funds, large corporates, central banks and sovereign wealth funds, according to the IntercontinentalExchange.

  • Euro 5YR5YR inflation forward (%)

    Oil, technicals drive inflation expectations lower

    Derivatives | 17 October 2014

    Forward inflation expectations dropped to new record lows last week, as concerns about economic growth and disinflationary pressures in Europe and China sparked a sell-off across global markets.

  • Greek basis arb on CDS dislocation

    Derivatives | 17 October 2014

    Greek government bonds endured one of their most torrid weeks since the country shaved €100bn off its debt pile back in March 2012, with 10-year yields jumping to over 9% compared to just 5.53% as recently as September as global risk markets were rocked.

  • Deutsche Bank HQ

    Deutsche pullback shows CDS challenges

    Top News | 10 October 2014

    Deutsche Bank has significantly scaled back single-name credit default swap trading in Europe as it struggles to meet regulatory hurdles on leverage. It is a move that is symptomatic of a wider malaise in a market wallowing in low volumes and spiralling costs.

  • 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.

  • Strong expected growth in ‘multi-asset’ investing

    Banks adapt to cross-asset craze

    Derivatives | 10 October 2014

    Banks are overhauling sales forces to accommodate the growing number of money managers that are breaking the shackles of conventional investment management practices by establishing multi-asset funds that can target pockets of value across financial markets.

  • Multi-asset growth

    Banks adapt to cross-asset craze

    Capital City | 09 October 2014

    Banks are overhauling sales forces to accommodate the growing number of money managers that are breaking the shackles of conventional investment management practices by establishing multi-asset funds that can target pockets of value across financial markets.