The cutting hedge

Loan hedging

Bank of America’s (BoA) second-quarter earnings announcement last month illustrates the dilemma facing loan portfolio managers. Either they don’t hedge their loan books and so bear the credit risk and concomitant regulatory capital charge. Or, trying to be prudent and sophisticated risk managers – like those at BoA – they hedge with credit derivatives and are forced to stomach the bitter pill of mark-to-market losses as they wash through earnings.

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