Northern exposures

Nordea tops this year's Nordic Risk derivatives rankings


When things get a bit hairy, Swedes are fond of a quirky saying: “the cow is not on the ice”. In other words: don’t worry, things aren’t that bad. It would make a decent motto for Nordic markets this year. While cows have been crashing through the ice all round the Continent, the northernmost corner of Europe remains relatively calm and upbeat.

Concern about sovereign credit risk in the region is low – Sweden and Denmark are the only Nordic countries where credit default swap (CDS) spreads have

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