UK CDS spreads up

The cost of credit protection on UK banks increased in early trading this morning, while US financial institutions experienced mixed market sentiment.

Five-year senior credit default swap (CDS) spreads referencing the Royal Bank of Scotland tightened to 119.7 basis points at 09:30am London time from 121bp at the close of trading on November 28. The bank, which is now majority owned by the government after receiving a £20 billion bailout last week, confirmed today it would not repossess the properties of customers who fall behind on mortgage payments for at least six months.

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