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March 2008

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  • Published in conjuction with: ABN Amro - BNP Paribas - Citi - Commerzbank - Deutsche Bank - Fortis - HSBC - ING - Rabobank - SEB - Société Générale - Standard Chartered
  • The main clearing houses in Europe have had a busy few years.
  • Marcus Browning has resigned from Citi, where he recently took up a new role to build a proprietary team to trade volatility. He is believed to be headed for a position on the buy side. "We are disappointed to see Marcus leave, he has been a profitable trader for us and he has been instrumental in building FX options into the strong business that it is today at Citi. But we understand that he has long harboured a desire to work on the buy side, and we wish him success in the future," says James Bindler, global FX options head at Citi.
  • "On the day the Jérôme Kerviel story broke, we had two options for the lead story on the main news bulletin: SG, or the official inquiry’s report on the maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers. It had found that the abuses were isolated incidents rather than systematic failures. A bit like SG claimed..."
  • Understanding the mark-to-market meltdown
  • The precipitous fall in UK and continental European property values – in some cases 20% and higher – in the months since the sub-prime crisis began to bite has put pressure on a handful of commercial mortgage-backed securitizations. Refinancing risk is the greatest spectre in the CMBS market, with some deals facing dire consequences if banks remain tight-fisted with their cash in the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Far from turning a corner in 2008, the market looks set for a few tough months yet.
  • Richard Herman has moved across from his role as European head of debt sales to become Deutsche Bank’s global head of sales following Jim Turley’s decision to take a sabbatical and focus on rugby coaching. The bank has also announced that Mark Carrodus has stepped down from his position as global head of FX spot and options at Deutsche Bank for personal reasons. Carrodus, who is returning with his family to New Zealand, will be replaced by Rob Mandeno, who coincidentally is at present based in New Zealand. Mandeno will move to London to take up his new role.
  • Banker: "We looked at SG, but the integration would have been very difficult and, in any case, the French don’t like to sell to foreigners"
  • Corporate earnings forecasts might still need to fall but the near 20% collapse in global equity markets since their 2007 peaks suggests that the worst might already be almost fully priced in.
  • Anyone who follows the travails of England’s football, cricket and rugby teams should easily have predicted Northern Rock’s troubles.
  • The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is putting $350 million with smaller managers. The $240 billion fund is putting $150 million with emerging manager fund of funds FIS Group. It is the scheme’s first allocation to emerging long-only managers. FIS Group was set up in 1996, and its emerging manager fund of funds allocates to small investment management entrepreneurs that usually fall below the radar screens of large institutional investors. The maximum assets under management of managers will be $2 billion from around the world. Calpers will also be putting $200 million into Redwood Investment Management.
  • Anticipation of the much-discussed but now postponed launch of the European residential mortgage-backed securities index (ERMBX) is behind violent swings in spread levels on single-name credit default swaps on RMBS tranches. Markit, ERMBX’s owner, announced that the index’s debut has been delayed because of market volatility. That volatility, in fact, has been caused by buyers of protection on single-name CDS referencing prime RMBS AAAs, say market participants.
  • Fitch’s proposed new methodology will tighten CDO ratings, and Moody’s is considering abolishing its current ratings scale altogether.
  • Saxo Bank has promoted Tobias Straessle, who was chief information officer, to chief operating officer. The bank has also promoted Claus Nielsen to the new role of chief operating officer for trading. Saxo says Nielsen’s promotion reflects a change in its structure and will help to ensure coordination between all of the bank’s growing list of services. As a replacement for Nielsen, Saxo has hired industry veteran Steve "Wham" Braithwaite as its director, global head of foreign exchange and fixed income. The bank has also appointed two new spot dealers, Steve Bellamy, who joins from JPMorgan, and Matt Strand, who was at Bank of America.
  • Marking everything that is complex down to zero, because markets are illiquid, does not seem to be a particularly equitable or sensible way of going about things. And that’s before you even consider the way the marking malaise is contributing to systemic risk.
  • Volatility creates opportunities but, in the case of some strategies, high levels can be lethal. Helen Avery talks to the founder of CTA Pirates of Profit about how risks need to be fully understood.
  • New accounting rules designed to improve transparency and disclosure were bound to increase noise on financial institutions’ balance sheets. But now they are adding to the credit crunch.
  • Will the long-awaited recovery in the German real estate market be stopped in its tracks by turmoil in the debt markets? Louise Bowman reports.
  • Two SIVs endured very different fates in February. On February 21, Dresdner Bank announced plans to shore up its K2 vehicle, providing liquidity support to the $19 billion vehicle as it restructures. But parent company Allianz has confirmed its plans to wind the vehicle down by the year-end. K2 runs three portfolios, one of which has entered a restricted operating period. Standard Chartered, however, has walked away from its SIV, Whistlejacket, which entered receivership on February 11 and was teetering on the brink of default by February 21.
  • GSO Capital Partners intends to expand now it has the financial clout from its sale to Blackstone. The leveraged finance specialist has hired Najib Canaan, the head of asset-backed securities at Brevan Howard. Former colleagues of Canaan from his days at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette founded GSO.
  • Since launching in 2007, Chi-X, the pan-European multilateral trading facility run by Nomura’s Instinet, has made notable inroads into the market for trading German stocks, regularly trading more than 15% of the daily turnover of blue-chip companies such as BASF. At the same time, however, Xetra, Deutsche Börse’s order book, has increased its market share of domestic trading to a record 99%.
  • With no sub-prime problems, real estate bubble or complex credit portfolios to worry about, the country’s banking sector should be a relative safe haven. But while investors remain receptive to their covered bonds, banks are finding liquidity scarce. Peter Koh reports.
  • It seems they may be using support to grow balance sheets rather than to roll funding.
  • Robert Palache has left Morgan Stanley after a little over 18 months in a role that involved the securitization of corporate, real estate and infrastructure assets. Palache was also the newly appointed chair of the European Securitization Forum.
  • Tough talk by the regulators might bear fruit for the monolines.
  • The UK government’s actions and intentions remain confused. It is time to end the uncertainty.
  • Reserve managers are unlikely to suddenly adjust foreign currency holdings and latest IMF data suggest they will not chase the euro higher.
  • Icap has announced that it has upgraded its EBS spot FX platform, making it faster and adding enhancements. The company says that as a result, global deal times on the platform are now 75% faster than they were a year ago. Intra-regional deals are-now completed on average in five to eight milliseconds.
  • Richard D’Albert, global head of the securitized product group and CDOs at Deutsche Bank is not to become global head of the institutional client group at the European bank after all. Euromoney heard that D’Albert was taking on the global sales role Jim Turley’s decision to take a sabbatical.