BIS Quarterly Review, August 1997

BIS Quarterly Review  | 
01 September 1997


This commentary on recent developments in international banking, securities and global derivatives markets is based on partial information available for the second quarter of 1997 and on more detailed banking data for the first quarter of 1997. It is divided into four parts. Part I provides an overview of the main underlying trends that appear to have emerged in recent months in international financial markets. Part II deals with the international banking market, using information on syndicated loan facilities for the second quarter of 1997 and the more detailed BIS international banking statistics, which are available up to end-March. Part III reviews developments in international securities markets in the second quarter of 1997, while part IV outlines the main features of recent developments in derivatives, both those traded on exchanges, for which comprehensive up-to-date statistics are available, and over-the-counter instruments.