Credit - 2009-01-01

Counting on the counterparty

High-profile banking failures have led to uncertainty over the ability of credit derivatives counterparties to honour their side of the trade. Contingent credit default swaps, or CCDS, are designed to mitigate this risk. But will plans for a central…

New year, new hope for euro corporate bonds

Now that issuers have woken up to the unpalatable truth that wide spreads are here to stay - for the short term at least - a mini-rally in European bond issuance has ensued. Laurence Neville looks at how the corporate bond market is adjusting to its new…

Market graphic - The 2008-2010 credit cycle

Default rates are on the way up, but by how much? Ulf Erlandsson and Graham Rennison, quantitative analysts at Barclays Capital, use data on credit conditions to predict default rates and economic growth rates over the next two years of the cycle

My money's on covered bonds

An asset class that has prospered throughout some of the most turbulent times in modern European history must surely be a serious investment prospect during the current downturn

Why Basel's not faulty

The tenets of the Basel II Capital Accord are fundamentally sound; it's the methods that the banks are using to implement them that are not so sound

Joe Lovrics

Quite what kind of structured credit market will emerge from the ashes of the financial crisis is a matter for intense debate. The head of structured credit sales at BNP Paribas gives his views on the drivers for the market's future

Nick Themelis

The CIO at e-trading platform MarketAxess tells Matthew Attwood how the company's technology helps clients achieve regulatory compliance

The City's boy in blue

For all the recent talk amongst banking chiefs and lawmakers of a return to a more 'vanilla' world of high finance, the sophistication of modern markets provides a fertile ground for fraudsters and insider dealers to operate without detection. To combat…

The matchmakers

Evolution Securities, a London investment bank previously associated with the equities market and its advisory work with small- and mid-cap clients, has branched into fixed income with the recruitment of two credit market stalwarts, Guy Cornelius and…

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