Risk Awards 2008

Last year was the most volatile since 1998, with rising delinquencies in the US subprime mortgage market causing banks to rack up billions of dollars in losses. Risk recognises those institutions that weathered the storm, and continued to provide liquidity and structuring know-how to clients. By Nick Sawyer, Nicholas Dunbar, Jayne Jung, Wietske Blees, Radi Khasawneh, Mark Pengelly, Ryan Davidson, Duncan Wood, Clive Davidson, Mauro Cesa and Kaifeng Chen


This year's awards were among the most difficult Risk's editorial team have ever had to judge. Problems that started in the US subprime mortgage market swept across the credit market, causing mass downgrades in residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralised debt obligation (CDO) tranches, structured investment vehicles to blow up, and monoline insurers to stand on the brink of downgrades.

Investment banks racked up huge losses on subprime exposures and leveraged loan and CDO

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