Banks continue shift to low risk blocks strategy

By Sam Kerr
22 Jul 2019

Risk adverse equity capital markets banks have largely moved away from bidding for auctioned block trade activity in 2019, and are concentrating on large client-mandated business, which they can de-risk before they launch.

The blocks market has changed in the past two years, with the vast majority of transactions being mandated by clients rather than auctioned to the market.

“There have been fewer auctioned block trades and it is something which we track closely — there were also fewer last year,” said ...

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