SG CIB boosts loan hedging activity

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Societe Generale's investment banking arm, SG Corporate and Investment Banking (SG CIB), has reported a significant increase in hedging activity on its EUR135 billion global loan portfolio in its first-quarter results. The firm has upped its hedge book from EUR8.5 billion to EUR15 billion - a 76% increase from the first quarter of 2005.

"We have been using credit default swaps for several years, and we have increased the size of our hedging portfolio quite a lot over the past few months," say

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