Asia Risk - Volume 14/Issue 8

Data, data everywhere

Making sense of the vast streams of differently formatted data produced by the financial services industry every day is a recurring nightmare for risk managers and regulators. Efforts are now under way to standardise data formats, with Malaysia …

A state of flux

Efforts to improve the risk architecture for the derivatives business in Asia appear more muted than elsewhere, with many regulators in the region taking a wait-and-see approach towards central counterparty. But, as Duncan Wood reports, there are some…

March of the machines

Electronic trading is gaining ground in the Asian derivatives market as financial institutions and their clients seek to gain advantage from more efficient trading capabilities. But the financial crisis has demonstrated that relationship-based trading is…

Treasury tech trials

The financial crisis has created some important challenges for the treasury operations of Asia's leading corporations. What are the lessons learned from the crisis? And how can corporates improve their treasury technology functions? By Harry Thompson

Open for hedges

India’s insurance sector has long been hamstrung by its inability to use equity derivatives. This is about to change with the country’s insurance regulator set to relax the rules on derivatives. But are India’s insurers ready for synthetic instruments? …

Capital changes

Financial supervisors have reaffirmed the importance of common equity and disclosed reserves in Tier I capital. But the direction of discussions on hybrids in Tier I and the relative importance of Tier II is causing concerns in Asia. Harry Thompson…

Conflict's end

The second phase of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association's collateral dispute resolution protocol prescribes a market polling mechanism for settling disputes involving illiquid and complex transactions. How will the market poll work and…

Net results

A master agreement for over-the-counter Islamic derivatives is in the final review stages and could be published in 2009. After years of debate, the difficult issue of close-out netting appears to be close to resolution. By Alastair Marsh

Asia comes of age

Dealers are increasingly offering exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to retail investors to give them access to asset classes and instruments traditionally not available to them. At the same time, regional exchanges are trying to bolster their ETF business. Is…

Eye on Asia

Alain Papiasse took over as chief executive of corporate and investment banking at BNP Paribas in April this year. Christopher Jeffery met with him in Hong Kong to talk about the French bank's strategy in Asia

Risk Australia 2009 conference report

Australia appears to have escaped the worst of the global financial crisis, but at Risk Australia 2009, held in Sydney last month, bankers, academics and the Australia Treasury stressed there can be no room for complacency and focus must be placed on…

Credit spread shocks: how big and how often?

The second half of 2007 saw violent moves in credit spreads. In the fallout, there has been much discussion about how to estimate the probabilities of these severe events, but few conclusions have been obtained beyond the fact that historical data is…

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