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Friday, 18 April 2014

Blogs & Commentary

Bellwether

From the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram to lead the flock

Do you know who I am?

IFR 2029 19 April to 25 April 2014

BELLWETHER IS PRETTY confident in handing Sajid Javid the accolade as the first former head of credit trading for Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) at Deutsche Bank to become UK culture secretary.

IFR Contributors

IFR Editor-at-large Keith Mullin

Large-exposure caps: another brick in the wall

IFR 2029 19 April to 25 April 2014

THE BASIC LOGIC behind the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s final standard on setting large exposure limits for major banks from January 2019 looks sensible on paper as the uber-regulator seeks to reduce micro-prudential risk and contagion. But I’ve got a sneaking suspicion these latest rules could have a raft of unintended consequences across the financial industry.

Jonathan Rogers

Toxic assets in vogue despite huge risks

IFR 2029 19 April to 25 April 2014

THE BUZZ IN the primary offshore debt capital markets lately has been about the attractions of so-called frontier risk, such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zambia, which have been able to raise significant amounts, despite ultra-low sovereign ratings.

Divyang Shah, Columnist

Unanimous in using unconventional tools

03 April 2014

Divyang Shah: The ECB is taking excessive risks with deflation… why wait? 

James Saft

Tech downdraft may spread

15 April 2014

Saft: What started with expensive stocks could easily spread to more conservative investments.

Best-ex, worst-ex (revisited)

IFR 2029 19 April to 25 April 2014

THE RESPONSE TO my piece last week on the pitfalls of best execution policies has been overwhelming and I have chosen to look a bit deeper at the state of the bond markets. The lack of volumes and the absence of liquidity in global fixed-income trading have become oppressive and although the pursuit of “best-ex” is not the reason for the misery, it adds to the many factors that are causing dealers and investors alike so much trouble.

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Keith Mullin Commentary image

Cavanagh quits JPM. Who can blame him?

26 March 2014

IFR Editor-at-large Keith Mullin sifts through a major IB exodus.