Dealers turn to structured products for LCR relief

Liquidity options for tackling Basel-mandated LCR come of age

Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland

Offers of free-money trades generally set alarm bells ringing among seasoned investors, and rightly so. Yet according to some, banks have begun hawking a breed of easy money trades at terms too attractive to resist.

These products take the form of options that offer solid returns at low, or sometimes near-zero risk. Why? Because they are designed to help banks meet the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) – one half of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's post-crisis liquidity requirements

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