Credit Research Poll 1998: Pioneers in their field
Banks are building up their European credit research in the run up to Emu. Teams are being bolstered and specialists hired. But who is getting it right? The first ever poll of European credit research gives investors the chance to decide. SBC Warburg, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan all did well, writes Brian Caplen. The poll was conducted by Rebecca Dobson.
SBC Warburg Dillon Read came first overall in Euromoney's trail-blazing European credit-research poll but Merrill Lynch swept the board in individual categories, coming top in 11 out of 13 tables. Other banks that performed well were JP Morgan, which came second, and Deutsche Bank, which came fourth.
The fact that SBC Warburg Dillon Read won the overall poll and Merrill Lynch triumphed in individual sections is explained by the houses' different approaches. SBC takes a global approach to credit research, not identifying with any particular sector and sending its main research product, Credit Advisor containing analysis of North America, Europe and Asia, to a geographical spread of investors.