Risk Library provides derivatives white papers which consider current issues and thinking, market conditions and how derivatives can be used to their best effect.
In Business, a derivative is a form of contract where its value is derived from the value of underlying assets. Derivatives can be used to both hedge risk and for speculation. The most common types of derivatives are futures, options, forwards and swaps.
It has been a roller-coaster ride of a year for inflation-linked products – thanks to the global economic problems that everybody has been encountering, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the use of quantitative easing by central banks – in their efforts to combat inflation and deflation.
On 30 July 2009, in response to the industry commitment on 17 February to introduce central counterparty in over-the-counter (OTC) credit default swaps (CDS) in Europe by the end of July 2009, Eurex Credit Clear successfully started CDS clearing.
The current economic meltdown in the US and European markets will force Islamic finance players to review and redefine their focus on how to survive in a highly turbulent market place. This white paper discusses what this might mean for the technology which supports them.