The Structured Credit Handbook is a comprehensive introduction to all types of credit-linked financial instruments. This book provides state-of-the-art primers on single tranche collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), credit derivatives (such as credit default swaps and swaptions), and iBoxx indexes. Filled with in-depth insight and expert advice, The Structured Credit Handbook covers all aspects of the synthetic arbitrage CDO market, including new instruments such as CDO2. Readers will also gain a firm understanding of the investment rationale, risks, and rewards associated with CDO investments through this valuable resource.
The exploding use of credit derivatives and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) has transformed the world of credit, creating an $18 trillion market almost overnight and resulting in innumerable investment and career opportunities globally. The Structured Credit Handbook provides the reader with a comprehensive and clear roadmap to today's new credit landscape. The full spectrum of structured credit products, from single-name CDS to CDOs, is explained in a simple, clear fashion that is free from the financial jargon and mathematical complexity which characterize many other derivative texts. The handbook begins with an in-depth explanation of the building blocks of the structured credit markets, single-name default swaps and indexes, and it culminates with complex products such as credit options, synthetic tranches, CDOs based on bank loans and asset-backed securities, and CDO-squareds.
Written by experienced practitioners who have participated in this market since its infancy, each of the thirteen chapters introduces and analyzes a new product and explains its practical applications. A rich set of real-life case studies illustrate the application of each product in a concrete market setting. The book may be used in a semester-long course on structured credit as part of a business or finance curriculum. Whether you are a market professional, a university student or faculty member, or simply a financially savvy layperson, look no further for an up-to-date and thorough introduction to this rapidly growing and exciting field.
Dr. Arvind Rajan, Managing Director, Citigroup Global Markets, is engaged in proprietary trading of Structured Credit products, and until recently, was global head of Structured Credit Research and Strategy at Citigroup. Glen McDermott (New York, NY) is Director of Fixed Income Sales and the former head of CDO Research at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Ratul Roy is head of CDO Strategy for Citigroup Global Markets and has spent the prior nine years in structuring or analyzing CDOs and other structured credit products.
ARVIND RAJAN, PHD, is a Managing Director at Citigroup, where he engages in proprietary trading of credit, structured credit, and emerging markets. He was previously co-head of U.S. Fixed Income Strategy (2004 2005) and global head of Structured Credit Research and Strategy (2003 2005). Rajan was twice ranked first and once second in the All-America Fixed Income Research poll by Institutional Investor magazine. He has more than two decades of experience in modeling and quantitative analysis.
GLEN MCDERMOTT, JD, is a Director in the Structured Credit Sales Group at Citigroup Global Markets. Previously, McDermott was a highly ranked research analyst and global head of CDO Research and Strategy at Citigroup for five years (2000 2005). Prior to joining Citigroup, McDermott worked for six years (1994 2000) at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services where he analyzed many structured finance asset classes. McDermott's work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, and he is also a contributor to the Salomon Smith Barney Guide to Mortgage-Backed and Asset-Backed Securities, also published by Wiley.
RATUL ROY is Head of CDO Strategy for Citigroup Global Markets. Before taking on his current role in 2005, Roy was head of European CDO Strategy a position he occupied in 2003 after spending the prior seven years in structuring or analyzing CDOs and other structured credit products. This included positions in UBS Capital Markets (1995 1997), Chase Manhattan Bank (1997 1999), Standard & Poor's (1999 2000), and finally, as a cash CDO structurer in Citigroup's London office (2000 2003). Roy holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Cambridge University, England.