A two-front war

Risk inter-dealer rankings 2007 brokers

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Brokers have been fighting a battle on two fronts this year, competing not only with each other but also with exchanges, which are slowly expanding their reach into the over-the-counter derivatives market. Several exchanges have launched credit derivatives contracts in recent months - the fastest-growing product in the OTC market - while a handful have established clearing and settlement services for OTC instruments.

But despite signs that the exchanges are slowly encroaching into the OTC mar