Bear Stearns Hires BMo’s Jones in London

Neil Jones has joined Bear Stearns in London as a senior trader covering Canadian dollar products. Jones was previously with Bank of Montreal in Toronto, where he set up a 24-hour trading desk.
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Barclays Capital Appoints Global Head of FX Options

Barclays Capital has hired Areski Iberrakene from Bankers Trust as director and global head of FX options, and a member of the FX management team. Iberrakene, who joins the bank at the beginning of August, reports to Paul Thrush, global head of FX. Iberrakene will oversee the global business, which consists of vanilla and exotic […]
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CSFB’s Chiddicks Exits the Market

Credit Suisse First Boston’sSteve Yanez is moving to London this month to take up the regional management role as head of money markets and FX forwards. This position was recently vacated by Trevor Chiddicks, who has left the market. Yanez, who was located in New York, maintains his role as global manager for trading, money […]
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Caboto Bolsters Milan Options Desk

Caboto Holdings has hired Guy Williams to beef up its currency options desk at its headquarters in Milan. Williams joined the bank in late June from HSBC Midland in London. He reports directly to Francois Semerdjian, Caboto’s FX manager in Milan. Caboto is the investment banking arm of the Italian banking giant Intesa.
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Korea’s Recovery: Too good to be true?

By Kevin Daly, Standard & Poor’s MMS There seems to be no shortage of good news out of South Korea these days. Recent economic data confirms the only V-shaped recovery among the ravaged Asian economies, with 1999 GDP expected to rise well above 6%, after a 5.8% contraction in 1998 and 5% growth in 1997. […]
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Bank of America Strengthens European Interest Rate Trading

Bank of America has strengthened its year-old European Interest Rate Trading Group with two new hires from Merrill Lynch in London. The division was established in anticipation of the introduction of the single European currency, and covers debt and derivative products in both European and internatioal mature market currencies, along the entire range of the […]
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Strong and Getting Stronger The Medium-Term Outlook For the Yen

By Michael Burke, B&M Research Japanese policy is now completely geared towards reflation via ultra-low interest rates and a stimulative fiscal policy. This reflation is working as can be seen in the rise of the Japanese stock market and the steepening of the JGB yield curve. In time, this reflationary policy will induce a self-sustaining […]
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The Euro: A Turbulent Six Months

By Paul Downs, Thomson Global Markets When the euro was launched at the start of this year amidst much self-congratulatory backslapping from politicians within the EU, it was heralded as the new reserve currency, rivalling the dollar. Well, it has to be said that its first six months of life have resulted in a far […]
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FX Committee Sets its Sights On Y2K Barriers & Force Majeure

Following a tumultuous year in the currency markets, the Foreign Exchange Committee (FXC) is continuing its long-runningefforts to reduce settlement riskand provide information so as to improve the functioning of the FX markets. The FXC is an FX industry body that is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Currently celebrating its 21st […]
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ACI Gets a ‘Licence-to-Deal’

The modern market professional needs a wide and varied range of skills. Therefore, whether you work in the front or back office, whether you are a trainee, an assistant dealer or have been trading for a number of years, the ACI examinations will be worth acquiring. It will not just be your “licence to deal”; […]
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