CDX on junk bonds jumped 65% in H1 2019

Notional amounts of credit default swap indexes (CDX) referencing non-investment-grade debt shot up +65% in the first half of 2019, data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) shows.

Junk CDX notionals outstanding climbed by $367.3 billion to $930 billion over the period, accounting for 22% of all CDX notionals by end-June. But this total is below the $992.2 billion disclosed for the first half of 2018.

Junk CDX notionals for contracts where a clearing house acted as a counterparty

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