CDOs: The outlook

Credit derivatives are the fastest-growing segment of the global derivatives markets and this trend shows no sign of abating, with Basel II compliance one of the main factors driving this growth

It is clear that credit derivatives have now established themselves as a well-accepted component of the global financial system. Isda calculates that the notional volume of credit derivatives outstanding reached $12.4 trillion in the first half of 2005, climbing to $17.3 trillion by the end of the year. That compares with a growth rate for the total derivatives market in 2005 of 105%, marginally down from the rate of 123% recorded in 2004.

Credit derivatives now account for 7% of the total global

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