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  1. Looking back: El Niño boosts weather derivatives

    Meteorologists believe the current El Niño could be one of the strongest on record and expect its worldwide effects to peak during the North American winter of 1997–98. December 1997 saw one of many false starts for weather derivatives

  2. US energy firms welcome CFTC tweaks to Dodd-Frank rules

    Based on the discussion and based on the analysis that the staff provided, it's generally favourable from the point of view of commercial end-users, because it will make it easier for them to engage in forward contracting," says James Cater...

  3. Insurers slowly getting to grips with central clearing

    Key findings in the survey, which was carried out between July and September this year were: a growing number of insurers are posting initial and variation margin on OTC derivatives positions as US Dodd-Frank rules take effect and firms elsewhere...

  4. Investec digital note offers choice of counterparty

    Another feature is the 50% American barrier, which observes the closing levels of the index on each day during the investment term. Six-year product includes collateralisation option Investec is offering investors in the UK two versions of a six...

  5. Deutsche AWM masters India non-resident product risks

    For non-US persons, investing directly in American real estate can be costly for those outside the country. Swap instrument enables client to receive full loan repayment Two years ago, Deutsche Bank embarked on an ambitious restructuring programme...

  6. Industry picks holes in BCR proposals

    The North American Chief Risk Officer Forum, a trade association, gave an even more alarmist response, stating that the IAIS approach “introduces pro-cyclical balance sheet volatility that is problematic for regulating the solvency of insurers”.

  7. Social Customer Service Secrets to Avoid Negative Search Results

    Scott uses the example of Costa Rica Expeditions, a Central American ecotourism company. The new rules of selling and customer service are here, they’re social, they’re mobile, they’re visual…and most businesses are not ready.

  8. How to Implement an Engaging Content Marketing Plan for the Finance Industry

    My favorite example of this is how American Express targets entrepreneurs and small business owners through their online community, an open forum. Finance-related information is often dismissed as boring and dry and a pain to read.