The comeback kids

Last year's double whammy of Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy, which trapped investors' money in the defunct bank, and accumulators, where investors were caught going long when the stock market plunged, almost killed off structured products. But as the…

Blossoming interest

Foreign exchange derivatives trading levels suffered declines this year as hedge funds and other players partly stepped back from the market. But the asset class remains liquid and is attracting a new breed of market participants. Hardeep Dhillon reports

Asia Risk Corporate Survey 2009

Banks that maintained the confidence of their clients during an unprecedented period of market volatility and turbulence were the big winners in Asia Risk's inaugural corporate survey, with Standard Chartered standing out most of all. Ben Marquand reports

Safe haven

Gold has been a favourite with investors looking for a safe haven since last year's turbulence began. But will this persist in 2009, or will the precious metal start to lose its shine as a hedging option? Pauline McCallion finds out

Strength from swaps

Asian nations are becoming increasingly assertive in co-ordinating financial stability efforts in the Asia Pacific, notably via a raft of new swap agreements between the region's largest economies. Are these efforts having the desired impact? Christopher…

Structural simplicity

Restoring confidence in structured products is top of equity derivatives dealers' agenda as they move to offer less complex instruments to jittery investors. But the industry faces a long haul to bring business back to levels witnessed in 2007. Jill Wong…

Fair's fair?

Fair value accounting has received much criticism during the financial crisis of the past 20 months. While it is unlikely to be suspended, its execution in inactive markets remains the subject of much debate. Could independent valuation providers offer a…

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

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