Trac-x gains market maker support

The Trac-x initiative follows the decision by JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley to combine their respective Jeci and Tracers credit derivatives index product at the beginning of last month. The idea was to create more liquidity by trading only one credit index product, underpinned by the trading activities of both investment banks. BNP Paribas already makes markets in Jeci indexes in Europe.

The Trac-x index has yet to start trading, due to delays in the implementation of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s new credit derivatives definitions. Once launched, Trac-x Europe will comprise the 100 most activity traded credit default swaps in the European market.

JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley plan to offer the index in both funded and unfunded formats, with fixed as well as floating coupons. Like Morgan Stanley’s Tracers product, sub-sectors of the index – technology media and telecoms, consumers, industrials, senior financials and subordinate financials – will also be available.

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