BIS/Iosco Survey Shows Varied Derivatives Exposures By Banks

BANKS

BASLE--The latest BIS survey shows that the world's leading banks and securities houses had around $130 trillion in notional off-balance sheet exposures at the end of 1998.

The study examined the disclosures of trading and derivatives activities of 71 of the world's leading banks and securities firms headquartered in G10 countries. At the close of the financial year, they represented a total asset base of over $17 trillion and a total notional amount of derivatives of more than $130 trillion