As bank asset and liability managers go, Eric De Cooman, head of ALM for DexiaBank in Brussels, has a lot of responsibility. It is his job to ensure that thebank’s e140 billion swaps book is run efficiently and safely – thebank has a lending portfolio of around e50 billion. And a big part of this isthinking about how to manage the consequences of International Accounting Standard(IAS) 39, which requires financial instruments to be accounted for at fair value.
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