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Trac-x and iBoxx market indexes finally merge

After much hand wringing, the credit default swaps (CDS) indexes iBoxx and Trac-x finally consented to a full merger in late April. “The fact is the investment banks were spending time on a branding war instead of providing the best liquidity. Now customers will benefit,” observed one party involved in the merger.

Prior to the merger, many market-makers in the indexes were pushing for the two sides to come together. The Trac-x family of CDS indexes

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