The municipal bond market in the US is still largely in a state of disarray, well over a year after the collapse of the auction rate securities (ARS) sector, though signs of recovery are visible in the fixed-rated debt market, congressmen have heard.
Royal Bank of Scotland has partnered with Sip Nordic to launch a new series of dynamically managed structured products into the UK independent financial adviser (IFA) market. The investments will be sold by a 25-strong sales force working across the country,...
Mario Nava, head of the financial markets infrastructure unit at the European Commission in Brussels, updates Risk on progress towards central clearing of credit default swaps (CDSs) and the move towards a central trade repository for over-the-counter...
The US government's bank stress tests appear to have been successful in stabilising financial markets, but some market observers believe they are obscuring broader systemic problems and could hamper efforts to deal with toxic assets.
Market volatility across several sectors has dropped back to levels last seen before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, lending weight to the belief that the financial markets are on the road to recovery.
The US Federal Reserve will start accepting legacy commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) as collateral under its Term Asset-backed Securities Lending Facility (Talf), as the US commercial real estate market continues to struggle.
Financial authorities in the US and Europe have advocated the introduction of a central trade repository to gather data on the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, but there is concern that multiple repositories could do more harm than good.
The total outstanding notional of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives contracts fell 13.4% to $592 trillion at the end of December 2008, from $683.7 trillion at the end of June 2008, according to statistics released by the Bank for International Settlements...
Asia Risk FX Review & Outlook 2009 - Sponsored statement
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Forex market practitioners constantly talk about the strengthening or weakening of individual currencies. In this article, Jian Chen and Paul Doust present a new methodology to quantify these statements in a manner that is consistent with forex market...
Asia Risk FX Review & Outlook 2009 - Trading systems
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Barclays Bank has launched 31 new reverse convertible notes into the US market, one of the most compelling signs yet of an upturn in issuance. By far the most prevalent theme was energy, which represented the underlying for 10 of the new notes. Financial...
The US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has completed new rules on off-balance-sheet holdings that will compel US companies to consolidate on balance sheet billions of dollars of assets previously kept in special-purpose entities (SPEs).
The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has announced it will sell 12.7 million EUAs this year through Barclays Capital.
iShares has acquired the largest and first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Mexico and Latin America. The Naftrac ETF follows the performance of the IPC (Indice de Precios y Cotizaciones), which is a Mexican stock market index.