Credit - 2007-12-01

Gridlock in CDS confirmations

As if banks haven't got enough to worry about, new data from Markit Group shows that the amount of unconfirmed credit derivatives trades has increased sharply, to levels not seen for around two years. Simon Boughey reports

Roundtable: Sounding out the buy side

With the markets still reeling from the liquidity crisis, Credit gathered together three luminaries from the buy side to discuss the effects of the summer slowdown and, more importantly, how things will pan out over the next few months

The flight to quality

Global bond investors are seeking out the highest-rated sovereigns amid the liquidity freeze. But, while the investment-grade corporate markets stall, emerging market debt is proving remarkably resilient. By Daniel Andrews

Column - Jonathan Laredo

Banks are feverishly trying to repair their wrecked balance sheets, and until they have the confidence to re-enter the market there will be an imbalance of buyers and sellers

Back to basics

We take you back to the credit basics to review everything you thought you already knew but were too afraid to ask ... Gavan Nolan, credit analyst at Markit Group in London, looks at credit indices

Column - Amy Falls

With the markets grinding to a halt, now is the time for investors to show discipline and observe the three golden rules of liquidity management

Profile: Arthur Calavritinos

Arthur Calavritinos runs one of the top-performing high-yield bond funds in the US, the John Hancock High Yield Fund. He tells Dalia Fahmy about the investment strategies that he hopes will insulate his investments against the current credit squeeze

Profile: Greg Froese

Matthew Attwood talks to the investor relations manager at hedge fund Lionhart about his experiences this summer and when he expects to see value in the post-crunch market

Legal Spotlight

In the second of a two-part article, Laurence Pettit, partner at Baker & McKenzie, discusses recent credit rating agency reforms and asks whether they go far enough to restore confidence in what many people regard as a flawed system

The Big Interview: Ian Bell

S&P's European structured finance head defends the agency over accusations that they could have done more to anticipate this summer's crisis. He talks to Matthew Attwood

Rise and fall

House price movements are set to become the dominant factor determining what US mortgage banks lend in future. Understanding house price appreciation and modelling it accurately has never been so critical. William Rhode reports

What happens next?

As a steady stream of analysts and industry experts continue to issue dismal forecasts for US house price appreciation, adjustable rate mortgage resets and the broader economy as a whole, Ajay Rajadhyaksha, head of US fixed income strategy at Barclays…

Prime witness

With two decades' experience, Mark Adelson has had a frontline seat in the mortgage arena and he isn't afraid to voice his ideas on what the industry should do in the future