Jack of all trades
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...
Playing the reverse swing
Counting the costs
Risk Australia: Basel III being hijacked by politicians in Europe and US; ABA chief slams levy buffer as tax 'export’
Australian bankers attending Risk Australia in Sydney were worried that reforms aimed at supporting other countries' financial sectors may weigh heavily on their own shoulders.
The eurozone debt crisis and still-nervy stocks haven’t been enough to depress Australian derivatives markets, and competition has intensified over the last 12 months. Last year’s top two banks retain their hold – but they have a host of other dealers...
Battle of the boards
Following a major sell-off in the second half of last year, the antipodean financial markets are seeing significant inflows of foreign capital in 2009 due to the resilience of the Australian economy. Dealers are also profiting from derivatives activity...
Australia appears to have escaped the worst of the global financial crisis but senior bankers, leading academics and a representative from the Australian Treasury speaking at Risk Australia 2009 in Sydney today stressed there is no room for complacency...
Market participants in Australia have faced a year of ups and downs in all asset classes. But a number of dealers - some facing problems of their own - have stood up to the task, with Deutsche Bank defending its position at the top of the pile
Correlation between default and recovery has an important bearing on credit risk capital. Here, Rahul Sen shows that the effect can be modelled efficiently by allowing multiple loss states in the Vasicek framework. Heavy-tailed distributions result for...
Q & A
Leveraged super-senior (LSS) trades represent a mechanism for packaging senior credit risk. Many LSS structures have been issued to date and yet there seems to be no formal pricing approach. In this article, Jon Gregory discusses the valuation of LSS...