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Category Archives: Pricing

Glorious sunlight…

It’s so refreshing to see this lovely video of Senator Blanche Lincoln talk about her derivatives reform legislation… here is her draft… Somehow I sense the hand of CFTC Chairman Gensler in this process… and the spirit of House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson… yes… substantive forces to rein in Wall Street on derivatives are at […]

Our English cousins lay it out…

The House of Commons Treasury Committee Ninth Report of Session 2009–10 Report, together with formal minutes Ordered by the House of Commons, to be published 22 March 2010 Too important to fail– too important to ignore Summary The banking crisis of the last two years resulted in government support for the sector around the world amounting to almost a […]

The world is running out of fiscal space

This is what global hot money sounds like… or put differently the “globalization of capital flows”… moving funds between asset classes and currencies to take advantage of changes in valuations and relative returns. Does this type of financial activity add to nation’s wellbeing or does it just represent a “skimming” of a  nation’s productive capacity? […]

Muni market confusion

Bond insurance down to 5% of new issues from 50%… BABs have reduced supply… Are credit ratings to be trusted? Municipal revenues has declined… “We don’t expect the muni market to collapse…”

The more transparent a marketplace, the more liquid it is, the more competitive it is

Transparency creates stability in financial markets… this is a foundational precept of our system but is rarely argued… the following is from a speech by CFTC Chairman Gensler to the “Energy Bar Association” on February 24th… ~~~ Transparent Trading Requirement “… It is not enough, though, simply to promote transparency to the regulators. Financial reform […]

Country risk…

From FT Alphaville… ~~~ “Looks like Credit Suisse has jonied the conspiracy trying to undermine Spain. Here’s a ranking of countries by perceived risk, taking into account things like current account balances, public and private debt, and CDS spreads.  It comes from a note on the impact of sovereign risk on European banks, published on Wednesday […]

Drive the algos overseas…

The Chicago Fed has published a short paper on high frequency trading… makes you wonder how much economic activity this trading represents for the Chicago area… The fundamental issues around high frequency trading are systemic risk and investor fairness. Unfortunately this paper doesn’t address either one of those issues… From the conclusion of the paper “Controlling risk […]

Derisking the banking system

Senate hearing on prop trading – Feb 2, 2010 Source: PROHIBITING CERTAIN HIGH-RISK INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES BY BANKS AND BANK HOLDING COMPANIES Senate Banking Committee Hearing: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 , 02:30 PM 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building The witness will be: The Honorable Paul Volcker, Chairman of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Honorable Neal […]

Multiple years of deleveraging from here…

In the bond markets Cantor has always been known as the “outer boro guys”…. never a fancy shop like Goldman or Morgan Stanley… but they were a dominant broker before 9/11 wiped out the majority of their employees… it’s good to see them hunting around for new products to make markets and service customers… In […]

Paulson, Bernanke and foreign banks

In this short clip from the Senate Banking Committee hearing of September 23, 2008 Senator Evan Bayh questions Secretary Paulson about why they will support foreign banks. Secretary Paulson says it’s on behalf of American taxpayers and Chairman Bernanke explains that these are efforts to prop up prices in markets. From Bloomberg… ~~~ “… The […]