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  1. April 10, 2014

    European leveraged finance market hots up

    Europe’s leveraged finance market – which has bounced back from the deep chill caused by the financial crisis – is now...

  2. April 9, 2014

    CLO sales surge to seven-year high

    Sales of a popular type of structured product have ballooned in the past couple of weeks to their highest levels since the...

  1. April 4, 2014

    High drama in murky link between ETFs and HFT

    There is one mention of exchange traded funds in Michael Lewis’s blockbuster book on high-frequency trading and it is not...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Wall Street in derivatives spring clean to buoy capital

    In an unusual example of co-operation on Wall Street, the biggest banks are working together to tear up billions of dollars...

  3. March 7, 2014

    Banks are a proxy for credit bubble fears

    Can nothing stop the runaway capital markets train? It seems not, after the US delivered record corporate bond sales this...

  4. March 6, 2014

    Lenders race to join subprime car loan boom

    Tony Reibold has been selling cars for 35 years. At the Jim Trenary Chevrolet dealership in St Charles, a Missouri town on...

  5. March 5, 2014

    Illiquid funds offer top returns but high risks

    Investors are being pushed further up the risk scale into illiquid assets in search of higher returns, even though interest...

  6. February 27, 2014

    Top ratings of rental-backed bonds under fire

    New bonds backed by rental income from thousands of single-family homes in the US do not yet deserve the highest available...

  7. February 24, 2014

    Venn moves into the Dutch mortgage market

    Venn Partners, a London investment management firm, is moving into the Dutch mortgage market through the first new...

  8. February 14, 2014

    Bankers play funding trick with subprime car loan deals

    While millions of Americans have fallen out of love with their cars, Wall Street has been swept off its feet by loans used...

  9. February 7, 2014

    Structured products pay up for investors

    Last year was a good one for structured product investors. Out of all of the investments that matured in 2013, the vast...

  10. February 3, 2014

    Yield hunters soak up venture capital debt

    Asset-backed securities – the sliced-and-diced bonds that gained notoriety for their role in the financial crisis – are...

  11. January 23, 2014

    Mortgage bankers face the fear in Las Vegas

    Bankers, analysts and investors partied this week in a chandelier-shaped bar suspended precariously above the ground floor...

  12. January 15, 2014

    Mili, Old Faithful of error, has a point on competition

    Ed Miliband is the wrong brother in the wrong job for the wrong reasons at the wrong time. He is wrong with such Old...

  13. January 14, 2014

    Banks respond to new rules with Volcker-friendly CLOs

    Bankers have been quick to respond to the Volcker rule released last month by adapting a popular type of structured product...

  14. January 10, 2014

    US subprime car loans return with a bang

    Sales of risky pools of securities backed by car loans are accelerating at the start of 2014 as investors snatch up the...

  15. December 17, 2013

    Banks sell novel package of obscure trade finance assets

    Citigroup and Santander have sold $1bn of trade finance assets in a securitisation designed to pave the way for more obscure...

  16. December 4, 2013

    European issuance of asset backed securities near record lows

    European issuance of “sliced and diced” loans is projected to remain at near record lows next year as balance sheet...

  17. November 18, 2013

    Riskier loan slices hit record levels

    Riskier “covenant-lite” loans, which offer fewer protections to lenders, are making up record levels of the debt packages...

  18. September 24, 2013

    Oracle of Ontario v Sage of Omaha

    Prem Watsa, the Indian-born billionaire who is leading a $4.7bn bid to buy BlackBerry, is sometimes compared to Warren...

  19. September 23, 2013

    Further QE erodes bank enthusiasm for securitisations

    Could it be that securitisation is back in fashion? According to traders, investor demand for recycled asset-backed...

  20. September 5, 2013

    Regulators take aim at recycled securities

    The widespread practice of using the same securities over and over again is back under the microscope as global regulators...

  21. September 2, 2013

    European ABS issuance slips to four-year low

    The market in new ‘sliced and diced’ loans in Europe has fallen to its lowest level for four years as the continent’s...

  22. July 4, 2013

    Mortgage securities face rough ride ahead

    The bedlam Ben Bernanke unleashed on fixed income markets when he signalled an end to the era of ever-looser monetary policy...

  23. May 20, 2013

    Aim groups look to fringe funding schemes

    A fringe of little-known financial institutions offering cash via complex funding schemes has been attracting more business...

  24. March 3, 2013

    MBIA: high legal stakes

    Remember MBIA? The monoline bond insurer at the heart of the financial crisis? These days it trades at about $10 and has a...

  25. February 22, 2013

    Bank loan ETFs: all the rage

    Junk bonds are the hot investment vehicle – of 2012. This year’s darling is leveraged loans, the low-rated corporate debt...

  26. January 31, 2013

    Investors enliven second generation CDOs

    Whatever you do, don’t call it a collateralised debt obligation. If Wall Street never sees the letters C, D and O side by...

  27. December 27, 2012

    China investment products draw complaints

    China’s second-largest bank is investigating customer complaints about an investment product that has suffered steep losses,...

  28. December 20, 2012

    Italian derivatives ruling – seller beware

    Is there no end to it? As regulators around the world probe manipulation of the interbank lending market, prosecutors in...

  29. October 9, 2012

    Structured credit a boon for investors

    One hedge fund strategy has stood out for its performance ahead of all others this year: structured credit. While...

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