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Risk Economics participated in a Richmond Fed Conference on Credit Markets

Risk Economics, Inc. participated in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 2007 Credit Markets Symposium. David K.A. Mordecai joined a panel discussing Liquidity Risk in Credit Markets. The panel was moderated by Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Richmond Federal Reserve, and the other panelists were Jaime Caruana, International Monetary Fund and Samuel A. Cole, Blue Mountain Capital Management. The event was held on March 23rd 2007, at the Richmond VA office of the Richmond Fed.

The symposium began with a market overview by two leading rating agencies on the credit derivatives and leveraged loan markets. A keynote speech by Governor Randall Kroszner discussed recent innovations and developments in the credit markets, which led into the first session about the economic impact of innovations in the credit markets. A panel of market participants discussed the effectiveness of credit risk markets in allocating risk. Another panel considered liquidity risk in the credit markets, which provided a segway into private-sector responses to potential market disruptions. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy Geithner provided a closing keynote address including a compelling dialogue about the implications of recent credit markets innovations with FRB-Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker.

The symposium was particularly timely considering recent events in the credit markets including the explosion of the leveraged loan market, and sub-prime mortgage market events. The discussions covered financial innovations including credit derivatives, the leveraged loan market, credit swaps, collateralized debt obligations, securitizations, structured credit products and contract structure; investment and risk management including loan hedging in a fair value option framework, credit risk management, credit portfolio management, sourcing and mitigation credit risk, bank balance sheet management, investment management; market structure, liquidity risk, and potential responses to market disruptions.

March 24th 2007, Richmond, VA

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