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  • Noyer Takes Swipe at British Economy Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 1:28 AM ET
    France Finance minister Francois Baroin (R) poses next to US Finance minister Timothy Geithner (L) eyed by French central bank governor Christian Noyer on October 14, 2011 at the 'Cite de L'Architecture' in Paris, prior to a working dinner, on the first day of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

    The governor of France’s central bank has said Britain is more deserving of losing its top-notch credit rating than France as Paris braces itself for a potential downgrade of the country’s triple A status.

  • Greek Bond Losses Put Role of CDS in Doubt Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 12:47 AM ET

    Earlier this year, Deutsche Bank quietly decided to reduce its exposure to Italian government bonds. But it did not do that by simply selling debt; instead it achieved this partly by buying protection against sovereign default with credit derivatives contracts. The FT reports.

  • A Derivatives Fight Over MF Global Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 2:47 PM ET
    MF Global

    Over the weekend, Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times penned a column explaining what it was that doomed MF Global.

  • Berkshire Hathaway Operating Earnings Rise 37% Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 5:52 PM ET

    Operating earnings at Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased by 36.8 percent to $3.81 billion in the third quarter.   A reported "loss" of $1.59 billion for Berkshire's derivatives positions, however, contributed to a 23.8 percent drop to $2.29 billion for the company's net earnings.

  • Interest Rate Swaps: CNBC Explains Thursday, 3 Nov 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    Interest rate swaps are derivative instruments commonly used by sophisticated investors to allow cash flows on interest-earning securities or loans to be exchanged. CNBC explains.

  • MF Global Bankruptcy Fallout     Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 5:09 PM ET

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports the latest details on the MF Global bankruptcy, and offers a deeper look at what happened. Also, impact on oil, with David Greenberg, Greenberg Capital founder. And the Fast Money traders weigh in on who stands to benefit from MF Global's demise.

  • We Have a (Euro) Deal Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 8:04 AM ET

    European leaders finally agreed on the outlines of a rescue, and risk is back on big time — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Robert Pickel, Executive Vice Chairman of International Swaps & Derivatives Association, discusses the impact of ISDA regulations on the derivatives market.

  • ETFs Leveraged Ball of Confusion: BlackRock Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 1:43 PM ET
    BlackRock's headquarters in New York.

    If I didn’t know better, I’d think Blackrock CEO Laurence Fink is doing his best to make sure his firm isn’t tarred and feathered by an ETF debacle, if one ever occurs.

  • Hedging Helps Smooth Cost Structure Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET

    While derivatives themselves carry risks and financial scandals have tarnished their image, many companies still use futures contracts, swaps, collars, and other hedging instruments to minimize volatility in their cost of doing business.

  • Gamekeeper Turned Poacher? The Path to Rogue Trading Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 8:30 AM ET
    Jerome Kerviel shown here released on bail from La Sante Prison by a Parisian court on March 18, 2008 in Paris, France. Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale rogue trader was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros (7.2 billion US dollars) through unauthorised trading.

    A bright graduate joins an investment bank, but not in the glamorous, fast-moving –  and ultimately profitable -  trading role that he wanted. Rather, he is put into the "middle office," managing the IT systems that keep the trading desks running. Eventually, though, he is given a break, joining the bank's "delta one" trading desk, playing arbitrage between cash equities and equity derivatives.

  • Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs): CNBC Explains Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 3:02 PM ET

    One of the culprits blamed for the financial chaos of 2008-2009, were collateralized debt obligations. Like any derivative, the value of a CDO is based on an underlying asset. Khan of the Khan Academy explains.

  • Mortgage-Backed Securities: CNBC Explains Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 11:11 AM ET

    Buying a home is usually the biggest individual investment people make in their lifetime and more often than not, a mortgage is involved. With such large sums of money involved in the mortgage market, financial firms profit by using a type financial instrument called mortgage-backed securities, or MBS.

  • Safe Havens Are in Style, Euro Is Slipping Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 8:02 AM ET

    Japan is monitoring the yen, and the Swiss are fed up with the franc - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • WOTS Now: Cisco Layoffs     Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

    Brian Marshall, Gleacher and Company discussing Cisco's pending layoff and its impact on the stock, and the Fast Money traders weigh in on how to trade the tech giant; Apple's television venture, and chip stocks.

  • Breaking the Banks     Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 12:23 PM ET

    Are capital requirements and increase regulations keeping bank stocks down? A look at what's going on in the sector, with Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • European Central Bank

    The New York Times considers the possibility that a firm or group of firms insured billions of dollars of European debt through derivatives.

  • Is a Euro Zone Liquidity Problem Brewing? Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Betty Davis in 'All About Eve'

    More Greek drama: rapid price changes in a corner of the currency markets suggest banks are worried about an interbank lending freeze, absent a rescue plan for Greece.

  • CME Threatens to Leave Illinois     Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 3:19 PM ET

    Terry Duffy, CME Group executive chairman says his is willing to move the exchange to another state to avoid a 46% tax hike.

  • SEC Probes $1.5 Billion Merrill CDO Sale Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 | 8:22 PM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Merrill Lynch’s sale of a complex mortgage-related security it created for Magnetar, an Illinois hedge fund, and the collateral manager involved in the deal. The FT reports.