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About vincentryan2013

Editor in chief, CFO Magazine and CFO.com

A bank is hiding inside your supply chain

My latest story on CFO.com: merchant banking physical commodities warehouses aluminum derivatives price manipulation Goldman Sachs.  

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Five myths of convertible bonds

Check out a great column on convertible bonds from an exec at Aequitas Advisors. convertible bonds short seller optionality strike price Aequitas Advisers Photo courtesy of Mighty Antar. Related articles Why convertible bonds are too expensive (investmentviking.wordpress.com) Tesla Shares Rally … Continue reading

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The banks trust Henry

As I wrote on CFO.com last week, LBO dealmakers have access to cheap debt. New proof of that came out today. According to Reuters, KKR got the cheapest borrowing rates ever for a leveraged buyout.  For the acquisition of Gardner … Continue reading

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Guess who created the latest derivative product

Yep, you guessed it, the federal government. The Financial Times reported today that Freddie Mac will sell a new kind of derivative that will get private investors to take on the risk of default of $22.5 billion in mortgages. From … Continue reading

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Another kind of contagion

Prior to the financial crisis, you may recall, most of the risk management talk in the banking industry was about protecting against a bird flu virus pandemic. While the mortgage-backed securities market was turning into a toxic wasteland, global regulatory … Continue reading

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Buffett explains how to play it safe

The Seeking Wisdom blog on WordPress had a great post about the concept of margin of safety. Read it here. Among other points, he provides an excerpt of a 1984 speech on buying companies, by none other than Warren Buffett … Continue reading

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Bank execs have a laugh at our expense

Listening to two Anglo Irish Bank execs joke about a 7 billion euro bailout is nauseating, but are we really surprised conversations like this went on? This recording of an internal phone conversation between the head of the bank’s capital … Continue reading

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Capital question

Ok, so this new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is from, um, the Federal Reserve, but the results are still compelling: Our study indicates that the capital depletion during the recent financial crisis at large U.S. financial … Continue reading

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U.S. Representatives are not merely waging a fight against auditor rotation. They are trying to marginalize the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

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New Files to Download

The Goldman Sachs study on Too Big Too Fail, an S&P note on rising leveraged buyout valuations, and a data screen on the top companies with rising debt levels relative to EBITDA. Enjoy.

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