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Ramping the Markets: Banking on Ponzi Finance

7 Nov , 2017  

When funded pension schemes were first put forward at the beginning of the 1970s as a private sector alternative to state earnings-related pensions, the merchant (investment) banks and stockbroking firms that promoted them did not anticipate how successful they would become in that, by the following decades, pension schemes and ...

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Monetary Policy Divergence: Cross Currency + FX Swaps — Negative Basis

29 Aug , 2017  

Cross currency swaps and FX swaps encompass structures which allow investors to raise funds in a particular currency, e.g. the dollar from other funding currencies such as the euro. For example an institution which has dollar funding needs can raise euros in euro funding markets and convert the proceeds into ...

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