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Mike Buckle and John Thompson

12.1   Introduction Financial derivatives can be defined as instruments whose price is derived from an underlying financial security. The price of the derivative is linked to the price of the underlying asset and arbitrage maintains this link. This makes it possible to construct hedges using derivative contracts so that losses (gains) on the

in The UK financial system (fifth edition)
Theory and practice
Authors: Mike Buckle and John Thompson

The early part of the twenty-first century has witnessed a sea-change in regulation of the financial system following the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Prior to that financial crisis, the official policy was directed to deregulating the financial system, whereas after 2008 the move is towards increased regulation. This book begins the study of the UK financial system with an introduction to the role of a financial system in an economy, and a very simple model of an economy. In this model the economy is divided into two distinct groups or sectors. The first is the household sector and the second is the firms sector. The book describes the process of financial intermediation, and in doing so, it examines the arguments as to why we need financial institutions. It highlights the nature of financial intermediation, and examines the various roles of financial intermediaries: banks as transformers, undertaking of transformation process, and providers of liquidity insurance. The nature of banking, the operations carried out by banks, and the categories of banking operations are discussed next. The book also examines the investment institutions and other investment vehicles. It examines the role of central banks in the financial system in principle, particularly, the role of the Bank of England. Primary market for equity issues, secondary market, the global stock market crash of October 1987 and efficient markets hypothesis are also covered. The book also looks at the trading of financial derivatives, risk management, bank regulation, and the regulation of life insurance companies, pension funds.

Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

inner temporal expansion whereby currency and interest rate fluctuations are traded instantaneously by automated systems. De-framing takes place too on the linguistic and cognitive level: the Classical modern narrative framing of political economy, from Adam Smith and Marx through Keynes and Friedman, has been superseded since the 1970s so that economics in general and financial derivatives trade in particular take place on the basis of mathematical models and algorithms that even financial services professionals themselves scarcely understand. The global financial

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Mike Buckle and John Thompson

Financial derivatives and employee stock options 8.6 4.2 Other accounts payable/receivable 178.5 75

in The UK financial system (fifth edition)
State, market, and the Party in China’s financial reform
Author: Julian Gruin

Over more than thirty years of reform and opening, the Chinese Communist Party has pursued the gradual marketization of China’s economy alongside the preservation of a resiliently authoritarian political system, defying long-standing predictions that ‘transition’ to a market economy would catalyse deeper political transformation. In an era of deepening synergy between authoritarian politics and finance capitalism, Communists constructing capitalism offers a novel and important perspective on this central dilemma of contemporary Chinese development. This book challenges existing state–market paradigms of political economy and reveals the Eurocentric assumptions of liberal scepticism towards Chinese authoritarian resilience. It works with an alternative conceptual vocabulary for analysing the political economy of financial development as both the management and exploitation of socio-economic uncertainty. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork and over sixty interviews with policymakers, bankers, and former party and state officials, the book delves into the role of China’s state-owned banking system since 1989. It shows how political control over capital has been central to China’s experience of capitalist development, enabling both rapid economic growth whilst preserving macroeconomic and political stability. Communists constructing capitalism will be of academic interest to scholars and graduate students in the fields of Chinese studies, social studies of finance, and international and comparative political economy. Beyond academia, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in the evolution of Chinese capitalism and its implications for an increasingly central issue in contemporary global politics: the financial foundations of illiberal capitalism.

Mike Buckle and John Thompson

sector. 2.7.3   Financial innovation The last 30 years have seen the development of new types of financial instruments, financial markets and techniques. One of the main innovations has been the development of financial derivatives, initially exchange traded but now also traded ‘over the counter’. These include a wide range of financial futures, options

in The UK financial system (fifth edition)
Imogen Richards

of regulators, the credit rating agencies, and the market itself to reign in the excesses of Wall Street’ ( Levin and Coburn 2013 , 1) to be major contributing factors to the crisis. Three other catalysts often identified were the bursting of the 2006 US housing bubble, the mass accumulation of financial assets in the US and internationally, with credit-default swaps and other financial derivatives encouraging sub-prime lending, and the fact that prior to the GFC, the labour model characterising US–China trading relations had seen a ‘decade long period of

in Neoliberalism and neo-jihadism
Open Access (free)
Oonagh McDonald

valued the technological innovations; the ‘development of paradigms for containing risk to those willing and presumably able to bear it; the ability of modern economics to absorb unanticipated shocks’; lenders becoming considerably more diversified; the growth of the secondary mortgage market and the growth of financial derivatives. Conceptual advances in pricing options and other complex financial products … have significantly lowered the costs of and expanded the opportunities for hedging risks. If risk is properly dispersed

in Lehman Brothers
Open Access (free)
Oonagh McDonald

was to be found. Derivatives traded between ‘sophisticated parties’ were not regulated, except as part of the general ‘safety and soundness’ overseen by the regulators of banks and securities firms. 29 Alan Greenspan, giving testimony at a Senate hearing in 2000, quoted with approval the report of the President's Working Group of which he had been a member, stating that regulating financial over-the-counter derivatives, involving professional counterparties was unnecessary … as financial derivatives are not readily subject

in Lehman Brothers