Filling in the holes

Fixed-income banking


The new millennium has been a happy time for bond market participants. In 2000, banks delivered revenues of $20.5 billion from their European fixed-income businesses. By the following year, that figure had risen more than 26% to $25.9 billion. The change was dramatic, and all the more striking because other divisions within investment banks were performing so poorly.

Historically, fixed income had always been equity’s poor relation. The products were considered less sophisticated. The people who

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