All fall down

The events culminating in the collapse of Lehman Brothers have left investors across the globe wondering how much exposure they have to the fallen giant, and what form that exposure may take. Peter Madigan and Nick Sawyer report

September 2008 is likely to become regarded as one of the grimmest and most volatile months ever experienced by Wall Street and financial markets generally, with the possible exception of the 1929 crash. As dramatic as such an observation may seem, the events of the past month tell their own story.

With the collapse of a major dealer, derivatives counterparties have been forced to quickly assess the size of their exposures, unwind trades where possible and find new counterparties with which to

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Credit risk & modelling – Special report 2021

This Risk special report provides an insight on the challenges facing banks in measuring and mitigating credit risk in the current environment, and the strategies they are deploying to adapt to a more stringent regulatory approach.

The wild world of credit models

The Covid-19 pandemic has induced a kind of schizophrenia in loan-loss models. When the pandemic hit, banks overprovisioned for credit losses on the assumption that the economy would head south. But when government stimulus packages put wads of cash in…

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