Risk magazine - December 2013


Yellen faces a logistical nightmare

The impending transition from Ben Bernanke to Janet Yellen at the US Federal Reserve is taking place at a particularly sensitive time, argues David Rowe – the new chair faces the logistical nightmare of unwinding a massive increase in the central bank’s…

ROE hurdles cause pricing impasse

In the Basel III world, traders know their business must deliver a target return on equity, or risk being shut down – but working out the capital cost, or benefit, of a trade at inception is so difficult that banks only have approximations to guide them…

Review of 2013: Grave new world

From collapsing equity repo rates to footnote 88, and from the leverage ratio to new clearing house liquidity rules, the year has been full of surprises, many of them unpleasant. By the end of 2013, an industry that had seemed to be back on its feet was…

Why collateral research misses the point

There may be an aggregate collateral surplus, but pension funds and other firms that would face big margin calls in a rising-rate environment are not reassured

Cutting Edge introduction: fixing FVA

The funding valuation adjustment (FVA) is the biggest controversy of recent times in quantitative finance. Now the authors of the original FVA paper are back – and think there may be a solution. Laurie Carver introduces this month’s technical articles

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