Review of 2011: collateral, capital and chaos

Collateral, capital and chaos


By any measure, 2011 has been dramatic. The past 12 months have seen a devastating earthquake in Japan, revolution in the Middle East, the eighth-largest bankruptcy in US history, a rogue trader running amok at UBS, the spectacular unravelling of a second Greek bail-out and a downgrade for the US. The result has been a year in which volatility has rivalled the peaks seen in 2008, with risk aversion and funding stress intensifying along with it.

Away from the global spotlight, life has been

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