Forging a new benchmark
Deutsche Bank has secured a contract to offer CPPI to clients of BT Financial in Australia, via its wrap platform.
High interest rates, a strong currency, and rapid increases in volatility amid turmoil in European and US debt markets have resulted in another challenging year for the derivatives dealers and brokers in Australia. During a period that saw foreign banks...
Platform for profit
The Indian insurance regulator is ramping up its product approval process, after adopting the same pricing software as its insurers – and the signs are that more Asian regulators may follow this trailblazer.
Insurance companies active in the Asia-Pacific region are closely studying their European rivals to exploit any regulatory arbitrage opportunities presented as European Union insurers move to adopt Solvency II risk capital rules. But short-term gains...
Chains of command
Gateway to Asia
Bank of Korea wrong-foots market with rate hold; questions raised on anti-inflation stance and bank NPLs
The Bank of Korea held interest rates yesterday in a surprise move which caught fixed-income traders who had factored in a 25-basis point rise by surprise. The move questions Korea’s efforts to tackle inflation and raises concerns that the central bank...
A substantial amount of the regulatory reform sweeping the US and Europe is still little understood and Asian institutions have yet to get to grips with the full impact of these changes, say speakers at industry event in Hong Kong. Intra-day data and...
Algorithmics' president and chief operating officer Michael Zerbs talks about the long-term impact of moving from Basel II to Basel III, including some 'unintended consequences' likely to emerge from the move to central clearing as well as the specific...
Bank of Japan veteran and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu partner, Tsuyoshi Oyama, discusses the changed role of central banks post-global financial crisis and potential conflicts with their new role.
Soft-soaping the non-sovereigns
Air China will seek simpler hedging strategies when its current contracts expire. Meanwhile, other airlines in Asia are taking differing approaches to hedging, with some risking big profit losses by staying completely unhedged.
Prudential’s Thiam sees Asian infrastructure deals as ALM panacea; 340,000 Asia sales force 'completely insufficient'
Increasing numbers of infrastructure deals in Asian markets may help insurers meet their long-term liabilities, according to Prudential’s group chief executive.
Barclays Capital is moving several of its foreign exchange heads into new roles as it merges two structuring entities.
Investors have likely taken hits on legacy structured trades, though bankers say it is too early to judge the full impact of the Friday earthquake on the Japanese structured equity market. There are some signs, however, that investors might already be...
Transition managers question whether the number of them in the Asian market - 13 - is already too many.
Japan has emerged as a fertile market for equity funds and now a structured equity fund has also caught the eye of Japanese investors hungry for yield in a low-interest environment.