Credit - Volume 9 / Issue 3

Driven to distress

One man's bankruptcy is another man's opportunity. Distressed debt funds, which profit from companies that are in financial trouble, have performed poorly in recent years. But with the effects of the credit crunch expected to hit corporate issuers in the…

Column – Nigel Rendell

Emerging markets, particularly China, may provide a welcome source of returns this year but investors need to watch out for the effects of any US recession on the sector.

Putnam Investments - A specialist approach

Putnam Investments is in the business of managing portfolios, but, curiously, it doesn't employ any portfolio managers. Instead, the firm has built a team of specialists that focus on specific sectors. Matthew Attwood talks to two lynchpins of the fixed…

Legal spotlight

The implications of Basel II on UK financial institutions have been far-reaching. Benedict James and Lisa Murray of law firm Linklaters look at banking books in the loans market

Profile: Piero Bassu

The head of credit risk at UK mortgage lender Platform talks to Dippy Singh about portfolio consolidation and avoiding knee-jerk reactions to the credit crisis

After the storm

The structured credit market has been battered by recent events, with investors retreating to the high ground. But now that signs of calm are returning, what kinds of structures can investors look forward to? Hardeep Dhillon reports

Q&A: Samir Pandiri

Evaluating structured credit deals in the current environment is a challenge. The head of international corporate trust at Bank of New York Mellon talks diversity, independence and standardisation

Back to basics

We take you back to the credit basics to review everything you thought you already knew but were too afraid to ask... Teresa Callaghan, at credit management firm Transcom, looks at the debt sale market

The end of the monoline?

Fears that monoline bond insurers would lose their triple-A ratings rocked global capital markets in February. As bankers, regulators and industry chiefs gawp at the cracks in the insurers' foundations, Daniel Andrews investigates where it all went wrong…

The case for the defence

Although the smallest of the big three agencies, Fitch Ratings is often perceived as the one that reacts fastest to market developments. Sarfraz Thind talked to Glenn Costello, co-head of US RMBS at Fitch in New York

Accidental heroes

IPD has grown to become the main index provider for property derivatives. The company's story points to some of the obstacles facing this developing market, writes Rob Mannix

A clearer picture

Fraud has gone to the top of the postmortem on the US subprime debacle. To detect and prevent it, more information at the loan level is needed, and the standardisation of data would also help investors in mortgage-backed securities make better decisions,…

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