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European Fixed Income Markets: Money, Bond, and Interest Rate Derivatives

European Fixed Income Markets: Money, Bond, and Interest Rate Derivatives

Jonathan A. Batten (Editor), Thomas A. Fetherston (Editor), Peter G. Szilagyi (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-85053-4

Mar 2004

504 pages

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The introduction of the euro in 1999 cast a new focus on the financial markets of constituent euro-zone countries, which have subsequently emerged with the second largest bond market in the world. This new book offers in depth insights and advice for any practitioner in the European fixed-income and ancillary derivative markets, and includes in-depth analysis of euro and non-euro markets as well as emerging countries.

1 Introduction to the Volume (Jonathan A. Batten, Thomas A. Fetherston, and Peter G. Szilagyi).

1.1 Overview.

1.2 Chapter overview.


2 The Euro Area Bond Market: Integration and Development Under Monetary Union (Peter G. Szilagyi).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Theoretical underpinnings of financial integration.

2.3 Bond market development under monetary union.

2.4 Proposals and initiatives for reducing market fragmentation.

2.5 Conclusion.


3 Perspective on the Emerging European Financial Markets (Peter G. Szilagyi, Thomas A. Fetherston, and Jonathan A. Batten).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Financial structures in emerging Europe.

3.3 International bank borrowing.

3.4 International debt issues.

3.5 Domestic debt issues.

3.6 Conclusion.


4 Perspectives on European Derivative Markets (Martin Young).

4.1 Introduction and a brief history of the European derivative markets.

4.2 Europe’s major derivative markets.

4.3 An overview of the contracts traded on EUREX and Euronext.Liffe.

4.4 Europe’s other derivative markets.

4.5 What the future holds.

5 Benchmark Yield Curves in the Euro Market (Philip D. Wooldridge).

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Characteristics of benchmark yield curves.

5.3 Benchmark tipping in European bond markets.

5.4 Government securities as benchmarks.

5.5 Interest rate swaps compete for benchmark status.

5.6 Prospects for other nongovernment benchmarks.


6 Some Facts on Pfandbrief Products in Europe (Orazio Mastroeni).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Covered bonds, Pfandbrief products, and securitization.

6.3 The German traditional and jumbo Pfandbrief markets.

6.4 The French “Obligations Fonci˙eres”.

6.5 The Spanish “Cedulas Hipotecarias”.

6.6 The Luxembourg “Lettres de Gage”.

6.7 Common aspects of Pfandbriefe products.

6.8 Aspects characterizing the “quality” of Pfandbrief products.

6.9 Conclusions and prospects.



7 Austria (Vanessa Seconnino and Alham Yusuf).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Regulation.

7.3 Credit ratings.

7.4 Taxation.

7.5 Austrian Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse).

7.6 The Austrian bond market.

7.7 Conclusion.


8 Belgium (Jan Annaert and Marc J.K. De Ceuster).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 History and structure of the Belgian public debt.

8.3 Government bonds.

8.4 Corporate bonds.

8.5 Derivative products.


9 Czech Republic (Guan-Chye Ooi and Jonathan A. Batten).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Financial market regulation.

9.3 Financial market participants.

9.4 Money and fixed income instruments.

9.5 Conclusion.


10 Denmark (Charlotte Christiansen, Tom Engsted, Svend Jakobsen, and Carsten Tanggaard).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 History and structure of the Danish bond market.

10.3 The Danish government bond market.

10.4 The market for Danish mortgage-backed securities.

10.5 Other fixed income instruments.

10.6 Market participants, regulation, and trading.


11 An Empirical Study of the Term Structure of Interest Rates in Denmark (1993–2002) (Charlotte Christiansen, Tom Engsted, Svend Jakobsen, and Carsten Tanggaard).

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 The EHTS and its testable implications.

11.3 Empirical results for Denmark (1993–2002).

11.4 Concluding remarks.


12 Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden (Seppo Pynnönen).

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Structure of the markets.

12.3 Finland.

12.4 Iceland.

12.5 Norway.

12.6 Sweden.

12.7 Norex alliance.

Additional reading.

13 France (David Edwards and Cameron Makepeace).

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Financial system regulation.

13.3 The French government bond market.

13.4 The French nongovernment bond market.


14 Germany (Niklas Wagner).

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Structure of the German bond market.

14.3 Participants of the German bond market.

14.4 The market for government bonds.

14.5 Conclusion.


15 Greece (Thomas A. Fetherston).

15.1 Introduction.

15.2 The Greek bond market.

15.3 Market participants and structure.

15.4 The Greek government bond market.

15.5 The nongovernment bond market.


16 Hungary (Nóra Németh and László Szilágyi).

16.1 Introduction.

16.2 History and structure of the Hungarian financial market.

16.3 Participants and structure of the Hungarian bond market.

16.4 The Hungarian government bond market.

16.5 Semigovernment and corporate bond markets.

16.6 Conclusions.


17 Italy (Walter Vecchiato).

17.1 Introduction.

17.2 The Italian government bond market.

17.3 Italian Stock Exchange (Borsa Italiana).

17.4 Conclusion.


18 The Netherlands (Albert Mentink).

18.1 Introduction.

18.2 The Netherlands.

18.3 Dutch government bonds.

18.4 Credit bonds.

18.5 Categories of investors.

18.6 Euronext Amsterdam and OTC market.

18.7 Regulators.

18.8 Conclusions.

Appendix: Useful websites.


19 Poland (Peter G. Szilagyi).

19.1 Introduction.

19.2 History and structure of the Polish bond market.

19.3 Market participants and structure.

19.4 The Polish Treasury market.

19.5 The nongovernment bond market.

19.6 Conclusion.


20 Portugal (Peter G. Szilagyi).

20.1 Introduction.

20.2 Recent history and structure of the Portuguese bond market.

20.3 Market participants and structure.

20.4 The Portuguese government bond market.

20.5 Nongovernment bond market.


21 Russia (Leonid V. Philosophov and Vladimir L. Philosophov).

21.1 History of the Russian bond market.

21.2 The Russian economy in the postcrisis period.

21.3 Regulation of the Russian bond market and its participants.

21.4 Market for Russian state bonds.

21.5 Corporate bonds.

21.6 The market for Russian eurobonds.

21.7 Conclusion.

22 Spain (Petra Pénzes).

22.1 Introduction.

22.2 History and structure of the Spanish bond market.

22.3 Participants and structure of the Spanish bond market.

22.4 The Spanish government bond market.

22.5 Semigovernment and corporate bond markets.

22.6 Conclusions.


23 Switzerland (Heinz R. Kubli).

23.1 Introduction.

23.2 Size and ratings of the Swiss bond market.

23.3 Market participants and structure.

23.4 Market conventions.

23.5 Benchmarks.

23.6 The Swiss federal bond market.

23.7 Other bonds.

23.8 Swiss and foreign convertible and “cum warrants” bonds.

23.9 Foreign currency bonds.

23.10 SWX Eurobonds.

23.11 The Swiss repo market.

23.12 Bank debentures (cash bonds or kassenobligationen).

23.13 Interest rate futures on the European Exchange (EUREX).

23.14 Conclusions.


24 Turkey (Caner Bakir and Kym Brown).

24.1 Introduction.

24.2 Recent history and structure of the Turkish bond market.

24.3 Market participants and structure.

24.4 The Turkish government bond market.

24.5 Nongovernment bond market.


25 United Kingdom (Frank S. Skinner).

25.1 Introduction.

25.2 History and structure of the UK bond market.

25.3 Market participants and structure.

25.4 The United Kingdom government bond market.

25.5 Corporate and semigovernment bond markets.

25.6 Conclusions.



“Fetherston lends his expertise and insight…” (UAB Alumni magazine, University of Alabama, April 2004)

“…the book provides a useful post-euro update to the fixed-in-come markets…” (NRPN Nordic Region Pensions & Investment News, Issue 1, Winter 2004/2005)