Lull in credit derivatives volumes on September 11 anniversary

European credit derivatives volumes are seeing minimal trading today, the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US.

London-based traders said the market was extremely quiet with a marked reduction on bids and offers on trading screens. “This is no real surprise. We expected quiet markets today,” one noted.

The most liquidity this week has been for protection against the European telecoms sector. “A number of liquid names have come in five to 10 basis points, including France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Tefonica and KPN,” another London-based trader said. “The main driver is reasonable performance on the equity

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