Banks scramble to set up illiquid trading desks

Illiquid structured credit trading is one of the hottest areas of structured finance, as spread tightening has shrunk revenues in commoditised structured products and led to a frantic search for higher-yielding assets. From microfinance to insurance risk, tobacco settlement financing to intellectual property, banks are searching for undervalued illiquid assets to structure.

"Investors are agnostic as to the form that the risk underlying these structures takes and are looking at all kinds of

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