Managing Risk with Derivatives

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In today’s interest rate environment, derivatives are an essential tool that plays a key role in mitigating rate risk in credit unions’ loan portfolios and in pricing member share accounts. By providing access to fairly priced products and services, credit unions support their local communities and play an important role in the nation’s financial health.

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About the Author

Leah Viault
Leah Viault

Leah Viault is a managing director within the financial strategies group at Piper Sandler. In this role, she is responsible for interest rate derivatives sales and hedging strategy. She also assists clients with general balance sheet strategy, including fixed income securities selection, interest rate risk management, capital raising and loan sales.

Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. in 2015, she spent 15 years at JPMorgan Chase, working with financial institution clients. She also worked within JPMorgan's CIO/treasury group, focusing on capital raising, liquidity management, fixed income securities sales, derivatives and repo execution and general asset/liability management.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and French from Lehigh University and is a CFA charter holder.