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March 2013

Buy-Side Risk Analytics, Chartis

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March 4, 2013

Buy-side firms face a rapidly changing operating environment. They need not only to comply with the regulations, but also to adapt to a new marketplace. The new goal is a performance-oriented trade and risk management execution strategy for asset allocation with a strong focus on stress-testing and scenario analysis. Read More

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May 2012

Interview with Shawn Stoval, Founding Partner, Varden Pacific

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May 18, 2012

Varden Pacific LLC is a San Francisco based investment manager that was founded in 2010, launched its flagship fund in April 2011 and currently manages over $200 million in its core strategy. Varden is focused on capitalizing on niche opportunities and residual dislocations within the structured credit markets, specifically within corporate-backed structured credit.  Read More

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February 2012

Conversation with Brian Naini, Chief Risk Officer, Channel Capital Advisors

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February 29, 2012

Channel Capital Advisors LLP (CCA) is a UK based investment manager focusing on credit risk and structured finance transactions.  CCA was established in 2006 by its founders and a consortium of European commercial banks. In 2007, CCA launched Channel Capital PLC (CC PLC), an Irish based operating company.  Read More

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January 2011

Hedging Implications of CDS with Points Upfront

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January 20, 2011

It has been reported in several industry publications (e.g., CreditFlux, Reuters, Derivatives Week Online) that the CDS market is likely to switch to a fixed coupon basis with upfront points. This change will lead to some fundamental changes in the risk profiles of these contracts, and in particular will affect how they can be used in hedging spread and default risk. This Learning Curve article will explore some of the most basic changes that participants in the credit markets will need to keep in mind. Read More

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