C Suisse sees $500m loss on 'ugly ducklings'

Ducks In A Row

Last October, Credit Suisse Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam called two of his bank’s businesses the 'ugly ducklings that no one likes'. He’s just been reminded why.

Bloomberg News reports that the lender’s units that trade corporate bonds and securitized products contributed about $500m in so-called mark-to-market losses in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the bank’s presentation to investors. That includes a $209m loss on distressed debt and $107m tied to leveraged-finance underwriting.

The losses, triggered by a slump in the value of inventory that Credit Suisse holds on its own balance sheet amid upheaval in global markets, show the risks that come with acting as a broker in high-yield assets. The markdowns contributed to the biggest fixed-income trading revenue decline among global investment banks and a quarterly loss for the bank that sped up Thiam’s plans to overhaul the bank and meet new, tougher capital rules.

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