Illiquidity holding back CCDS, despite Basel III endorsement

Basel III allows contingent credit default swaps (CCDSs) to be used as a mitigant when calculating credit value adjustment. Advocates of CCDSs hope that will give the market some momentum – but others say the product will continue to suffer from a shortage of protection sellers. By Peter Madigan


The new Basel III capital charge for credit value adjustment (CVA) has been subject to bitter criticism since it was first mooted at the end of 2009 – and despite one significant overhaul to the capital calculation formula and a few additional tweaks here and there, that criticism has continued. One key complaint has been that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has opted to play it safe: its formula is more conservative and more simplistic than the models banks use internally to measure

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