Risk and reward: how banks in Asia reacted to volatility and hedging demands

Falls in commodity prices and equity indexes have tested investors' risk appetite; dealers have responded by providing yield-enhancing solutions


Volatility returned with a vengeance over the past 12 months, throwing Asian equity, bond and currency markets into turmoil. At the same time, commodity prices took a nose dive, especially in the oil and iron ore markets, creating a need for companies and investors to take a fresh look at their risk exposure in these areas.

Against this backdrop, policy-makers have continued to cut interest rates everywhere from New Zealand to China, as a China slowdown threatens to negatively affect growth

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