The weekend was adventurous for India; last night PM Mr Modi did the hard selling for India, obviously learning by itself for Investment bankers. The pitch was very strong in the economic sense.
I was reading Traders Guns and money over the weekend and found some interesting jargon and pitches made by the Investment bankers.
Statement: As a Leading dealer with a global platform, we are the major player in the market.
Translation: We have spent a fortune to build this business and are now prepared to spend millions more subsidizing your requirements.
Statement: We have one of the most talented teams in this space.
Translation: Our staff are vastly overpaid and on huge guaranteed bonuses. Continue reading
I have been reading Noah Smith work and found very interesting, sharing the 2008, financial crisis that was unfolding, there was a big argument as to whether the crisis was a “liquidity crisis” or a “solvency crisis”. It’s a very important distinction. A “liquidity crisis” is when banks (or similar finance companies) are financially in the black – their assets are greater than their liabilities – but they can’t get the cash to keep paying their bills in the short term. A bank run is the classic example of a liquidity crisis – even if the bank could eventually pay everyone back, it can’t pay them back all at once, so if people get scared and all try to withdraw their money in a rush, they force the bank to collapse. A “solvency crisis”, on the other hand, is when finance companies are actually bankrupt, and no amount of short-term borrowing will change that fact.
This question has important policy implications in a financial crisis. If companies are illiquid but solvent, you just need to have the Fed lend them money to tide them over until liquidity comes back. If they’re insolvent, you either need to bail them out, or help them into an orderly bankruptcy, in order to reduce systemic risk caused by disorderly failure. Continue reading
Europe finally has agreed on the terms of MiFID II, extending its regulatory reach into fixed income, FX, OTC trading and commodity speculation. Here are seven details you need to know as implementation begins.
We still have technical meetings to go through to finalize details, so the complete text is unlikely to be available until won or close to January 27, but here is what we understand so far:
1. HFT will be restricted through greater testing of algorithms, but there will be no 500 m/s rule.
- Final organizational requirements for investment firms engaged in algorithmic trading have been passed to ESMA Technical Guidelines for greater analysis concerning the risks potentially raised by technology-advanced trading practices. Continue reading
Dr. David Murphy of the Deus ex Machiatto blog has published a comprehensive book on clearing of OTC derivatives (OTC Derivatives, Bilateral Trading and Central Clearing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I was surprised that the author information on the book cover flap does not mention the blog at all but gives prominence to his having been head of risk at ISDA..
The book presents a balanced discussion of most issues while of course leaning towards the ISDA view of things. Many of the arguments in the book against the clearing mandate would be familiar to those who read the Streetwise Professor blog. Yet, I need to read the book completely the information sharing is from the extract.
They’rrrre baaack. It’s leveraged supersenior kids, but not as you know it. Specifically not as you know it because the new ones are not non-recourse on the leverage, so they have no gap risk for the seller. Now, there are some not-entirely-accurate statements going around about what is actually happening here, so let’s look.
How would you synthesize a leveraged supersenior position? Well, take the underlying CDO, and sell the junior for a fair price.
Then take the senior, put it in an SPV, and fund that vehicle by Continue reading