It used to be that credit and the cost of debt were considered only when dealing with counterparty credit risk, high-yield debt, or credit-linked derivatives. In the wake of the 20072009 credit crisis, that is no longer the case. Credit and credit risk are now of crucial concern throughout the banking sector and the financial markets.
But, as expert Biagio Mazzi explains, any practical knowledge of credit and debt must be rooted in a thorough understanding of where credit originates: i.e., in treasuriesor more specifically, the point at which a borrowing entity, such as a corporation, bank, or sovereign nation, decides to raise capital through its treasury or debt management operation.
Which is why it is so surprising that, until now, there were no books devoted to the impact of the treasury desk on the pricing and valuation of financial instruments. This book fills that gap in the literature, offering a formal, yet highly accessible overview of the structure and function of treasuries, along with in-depth discussions of how debt affects all subsequent downstream financial activities.
With the help of numerous real-world examplesincluding an abundance of graphs and market data screen shotstaken from the trading and development banking world, Dr. Mazzi explores an array of critical topics, including:
- Curve construction and the increasing role of credit in discounting
- Asset swaps as the key to funding
- Basic credit modeling as a framework for understanding default
- Fair value of loans and its implications
- Emerging markets and their key financial characteristics
- Bond pricing and the challenges of illiquid or distressed debt
- Asset liability management as a manifestation of debt and credit flowing through an institution
On the Treasury Finance and Development Banking companion website, you'll find a host of powerful tools for implementing the practices covered in the book, including spreadsheets and macros, interest rate and credit modeling apps, and more.
The first practical guide to understanding how treasury funding affects the operations of financial institutions and, more importantly, how it impacts the ways in which activities are assessed, transactions priced, and financial risks managed, Treasury Management and Development Banking is an invaluable working resource for banking and other finance professionals, especially those involved in the fixed income markets.