Return to variance?


The phrase ‘return to simplicity’ has become something of a mantra in the over-the-counter derivatives industry over the past 18 months, but it may not remain that way for very long. Unprecedented market conditions certainly caused dealers to shy away from the complex financial engineering that had previously characterised derivatives, but the return of calmer markets is causing some practitioners to reassess the degree of simplicity they are willing to accept.

This is particularly evident in eq

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