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Major investment banks are jostling for position in global derivatives, and the battle is playing out in the inter-dealer markets. As the results of Risk’s 2004 rankings show, while the usual firms still dominate, a number of banks are making inroads, notably in the structured and exotic markets. Report by Clive Horwood. Research by Steffen Schwarz

Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s only a handful of banks that count in the global derivatives markets – there’s at least a couple of handfuls.

While the number of firms aspiring to be major providers of liquidity and product in risk management is less than it was five years ago, those firms which still have aspirations to the higher echelons of the derivatives industry are making some inroads into the apparently unassailable positions of the global powerhouses.

As the results of Risk’s 2004

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