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Awards for excellence - Best risk management house

Awards for Excellence 2005

UBS

The investment bank has benefited from a focus on long-term relationships and advice

Peter Ghavami

The events of the past 12 to 18 months have been a perfect opportunity for investment banks to prove to their clients their worth as risk managers. The US yield curve surprised almost everyone, refusing to move in response to interest rate rises by the Federal Reserve; the US dollar continued to weaken against major currencies before an unexpected rally in the past couple of months; commodity, and especially oil, prices have helped create new investment opportunities for some investors, while on the flipside causing a degree of pain to various corporate earnings; and equity markets have left many investors disappointed. Several investment banks have stepped up with innovative solutions to a variety of client concerns. What makes this year's winner, UBS, stand out is its different approach to the business, one that has started to bear fruit in the past 18 months or so.

At its core is more of a focus on long-term relationship development and advice rather than using prowess in the flow business as its calling card – though that's certainly important, and UBS has that in most of the major products.

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