Credit - 2008-06-01

Ethical investment: Which way is the wind blowing?

For years, ethical investment funds were seen as the preserve of hippies or religious nuts. Now though, increasingly impressive returns have caught the attention of mainstream investors. But have ethical funds gained enough momentum to really change the…

M&G - Fundamental truths

M&G's steady, conservative investment style during the years leading up to 2007 may have resulted in solid, if unspectacular, returns, but this methodical approach has served the firm well during the credit crisis. Rather like the proverbial tortoise, M…

What's it all worth?

When financial markets grind to a halt and liquidity dries up, assessing the value of securities is a notoriously difficult process. Andrew Krull, MD of BlackRock Solutions, talks about how the firm goes about determining fair valuation and appraising…

Profile: Tim Ryan

The recently appointed chief executive of Sifma, the financial markets body, talks to Dalia Fahmy about his plans for taking on the Fed and improving the rating process

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... Vincent Papa, senior policy analyst at the CFA Institute, looks at fair value accounting

The Big Interview: Katrin Robeck

With the financial markets still reeling from the crisis in credit, and concerns about a global recession becoming more justified by the day, Matthew Attwood speaks to an economist from Moody's Economy.com about the role of central banks in maintaining…

Column: Dan Travers

The high-powered, lightening-fast computer systems that managers use to perform their risk calculations should be geared towards delivering reliability not speed.

Lawsuits leave monolines' future in the balance

Two high-profile court cases involving FGIC and XL Capital Assurance could determine the fate of the troubled monoline insurance industry. If the verdicts go against the insurers, the damage would not just be to their reputation, but it would call into…

Q&A: Laurent Paulhac & Robin Ross

After the Chicago Mercatile Exchange's recent acquisition of market data provider CMA, Laurent Paulhac of CMA and Robin Ross of CME Group talk about how the CDS market may change in the aftermath of the credit crisis

Prime suspect

Knowing the exact quality of the loans in a securitisation pool is key if investor appetite for mortgage securities is to return. Chris Ames, an asset-backed portfolio manager at Schroders, discusses what's prime, what's not, and what has to happen for…

The good, the bad and the ugly

Last month saw US asset manager Pimco triple its holding of mortgage debt, UBS sell subprime loan positions worth $22 billion to a new fund managed by BlackRock, and HBOS get the first residential mortgage-backed securitisation issue in nearly a year off…

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