A cautious embrace

Credit indexes

Equity investors have been able to easily go long or short their benchmark indexesvia derivatives for more than 20 years. Their credit-investing counterparts havenot been so lucky – they’ve been hamstrung by the lack of both liquid,relevant indexes and the ability to position against those indexes. But not anymore. In the past 18 months, a number of dealers have launched a variety of indexproducts – some of which are synthetic, built on the back of the boomingsingle-name credit default swap

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