A trick of the credit tail

Credit derivatives

The structured credit market has grown rapidly in recent years with the use of synthetic collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), which allow issuers to sell a particular tranche of a portfolio hedged with more simple instruments such as single-name credit default swaps. One problem in the early development of the CDO market was the fact that correlation was a key input to the pricing but was a rather opaque quantity. The development of the index tranche market in 2004 provided a solution to t

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