Credit default swaps have allowed banks and investors to improve the management of their credit risk, but they may represent a lurking source of contagion in a crisis, argues David Rowe
Risk perceptions in the eurozone fell today as France and Germany agreed new treaty plans that will sanction fiscally irresponsible member states
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Cost of insuring against a German government default remains stable after yesterday’s lacklustre debt auction, but risk perceptions on German banks surge
A recipe for disaster?
Where is the liquidity?
Spreads flat or slightly tighter despite political squabbling over size of EFSF
Indian summer for CDS?
The new rules are "another instance of the authorities blaming the wrong people and imposing the wrong policies", says Cass's Ian Marsh
Risk perceptions on European banks fall as Merkel and Sarkozy agree to produce a recapitalisation plan within the month
The decision by Moody’s to downgrade Lloyds and RBS fails to spark surge in CDS spreads, while other European banks finish more or less unchanged on the week despite continuing woes in the eurozone
Traders say decision by Moody’s was already priced in as major French banks escape CDS blow out
French banks see further spread widening, before disclosure by Société Générale on its eurozone sovereign exposure prompts a turnaround for that bank
CDS spreads on SocGen continue to rise - with no obvious driving force - while share prices of the three major French banks fall
Markets turn against French banks in general - and SG in particular - on a day short on solid news and long on rumours
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