Derivatives volumes explode



Credit derivatives volumes soared 55% in the second half of 2004 to stand at $8.42 trillion by year-end, according to the latest market survey conducted by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (Isda).

Rising from $5.44 trillion for the first half of the year (in terms of notional amounts outstanding), this translates into annual growth of 123% for credit default swaps, baskets and portfolio transactions, all defined as credit derivatives for the survey. Growth in the first half of

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