Single-name CDS trading bounces back

Volumes are up as Covid-driven support fuels opportunity for traders and investors

Bouncing back from covid

Single-name credit default swap volumes are at highs not seen for several years, boosted by profit-taking and pandemic-related central bank involvement in markets – juicing interest from traders and a broader cross-section of investors.

And in the current low-volatility environment, as the prospect of unwinding government and central bank support leads companies’ default risks to diverge, market participants do not anticipate these dynamics will change any time soon.

First-quarter aggregated

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