Asia

Exchange proliferation

Regional commodity exchanges are expanding to secure more corporate hedging business and flows from speculators keen to exploit pricing anomalies at a time when volatility is high and bilateral counterparty risk is a major worry. Georgina Lee reports

It's all relative

Commodity-focused hedge funds have faced a torrid past nine months, suffering large losses and widespread redemptions. Yet some funds, notably relative-value arbitrage strategies, have performed better than most. By Richard Jackson

Transition revamp

The asset transition business is undergoing a major transformation, with strong risk management and pre-trade analysis capabilities becoming an increasingly important service differentiator. How are transition managers meeting the needs of Asian clients?…

Sovereign hedging lessons

The big oil-hedging losses at Sri Lankan state-owned refiner Ceylon Petroleum Corporation provide another salutary lesson in the proper use of derivatives. Is the situation reflective of state-owned energy companies as a group? By Joe Marsh

Catching the wave

Dealers are offering a swathe of volatility-linked products in Asia both as risk-reduction and investment tools, generally based on fear gauge, the Vix index. How are these products catching on in the region? Georgina Lee reports

Greater China plus Singapore

JP Morgan is offering Asia confidence notes in Singapore and US dollars in the form of a two-and-a-half year product that links into four equity indexes, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan

Building in safety

The structured products market in Asia is almost unrecognisable from where it was 12 months ago. Products such as accumulators and range accrual notes have been consigned to history, while product manufacturers and distributors alike look for new ways…

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