Investors back growth in sterling CDS market

There are signs that UK real-money managers with sterling-denominated assets are fuelling demand for a sterling CDS market. Simon Boughey reports

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The credit default swap market has nearly doubled in size every year since the International Swaps and Derivatives Association first published data on it in 2001. With a total notional amount of $8.42 trillion outstanding at the end of 2004, that growth represents a 55% increase over the first half of the year alone.

To date, the credit default swap (CDS) market has been overwhelmingly dominated by dollar- and euro-denominated swaps – only 5% of volume in the single-name CDS markets

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