Leveraged loans and Asian financial integration: the case of casino financing

December 2006

The BIS, in cooperation with central banks and monetary authorities worldwide, compiles and disseminates several datasets on activity in international banking and financial markets. The latest available data on the international banking market refer to the second quarter of 2006. The discussion of the international debt securities market and exchange-traded derivatives markets draws on data for the third quarter of 2006, while data on positions in OTC derivatives are available up to the end of June 2006. This section also includes a box on syndicated lending in Asia.