Courting attention

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Way back in 1994, when the derivatives industry was still in its infancy, a dramatic and unexpected series of hikes in US interest rates set the backdrop for a number of protracted, contentious and painful disputes. In April of that year, Cincinnati-based consumer products company Procter & Gamble revealed a $157 million pre-tax loss on two complex interest rate swaps trades, while Gibson Greetings, a Cincinnati-based greeting card company reported a $19.7 million loss in the first quarter on a

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