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News at the end of March that the two (so far) competing credit default swap (CDS) indexes, iBoxx and Trac-x, are set to agree at least a partial merger is good news for users of credit derivatives.

No-one should doubt the difficulties that bringing these two groups together will have entailed. JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley stole a march on their competitors with the launch of Trac-x, but their competitors hit back hard through the development of credit default swaps on the already estab

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