Tuesday, November 23, 2010

UK Irish exposure

Ireland: a danger zone for banks:
"Settlements estimates that UK lenders account for almost 30 per cent of European banks’ total $509bn exposure to Ireland. RBS and Lloyds, both partially state-owned, have taken the most Irish pain, falling by about 8 and 9 per cent respectively over the past week before regaining some ground on Tuesday"

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Negative basis in Ireland

FT Alphaville looks at the movement of Irish bonds vs CDS. In this case the bond market is leading the CDS as selling of bonds (to raise, or prevent the need to post, collateral at LCH) has been the main factor behind the move. Usually, it is the more liquid CDS that makes the move.
"Ireland joined Greece this week in the negative basis club. That is, the five-year asset swap spread for Ireland outpaced movement in equivalent credit default swaps. So (in basic terms) spreads in the CDS market were trading lower than in the cash market for Ireland."

Friday, November 12, 2010

German banks and Basel 2

FT.com "It is also a somewhat disturbing paradox that such a successful manufacturing economy remains reliant on such a fragile banking sector. Indeed, of the 44 European banks that have had recourse to state support in the latest crisis, by far the biggest number have been based in Germany, with 13 banks, followed by the UK and Belgium with five cases each"