Equity put–credit default swap arbitrage opportunities disappearing, say US dealers

Speaking on condition of anonymity, other top US credit default swap dealers agreed that the arbitrage first recognised early this year had largely dried up.

One dealer said an alternative, somewhat equivalent position was now to short a company’s stock and sell credit protection.

Though practised for years, Deutsche's Howard said capital structure arbitrage is in a sense coming of age.

To foster development in the fledgling discipline, in April credit default swap dealing heavyweights

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