The great swap market stand-off

New accounting and solvency regulations are forcing pension funds into the long-dated swaps market at a time when long-term rates have been tumbling. Hedge funds are ready to put the squeeze on, but can a new asset management product save the day? By Nicholas Dunbar


“They are being forced to buy at the worst time ever,” says the manager of one of London’s biggest hedge funds, with just a hint of malice. This manager is one of a select group of fixed-income relative-value players that has benefited handsomely from declines in long-dated bond yields and swap rates since summer 2004.

‘They’ are the big UK and Dutch pension funds, driven by new accounting and solvency regulations that force them to account for once-hidden liabilities in a realistic, transparent

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The future of life insurance

As the world constantly evolves and changes, so too does the life insurance industry, which is preparing for a multitude of challenges, particularly in three areas: interest rates, regulatory mandates and technology (software, underwriting tools and…

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