Credit derivatives

Isda AGM: Rate of decrease in CDS notional falls

The rate of decrease in notional volumes of credit default swaps (CDSs) has slowed, according to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s year-end 2009 market survey, which was unveiled at its annual general meeting in San Francisco on April…

Profiting from CDOs

Investors that snapped up cash bonds and other simple credit assets at the start of last year have made large profits as the credit market rallied strongly in 2009. While many of the obvious credit opportunities have disappeared, some market participants…

Fair-value freeze in Japan

Corporates and financial institutions have long awaited the introduction of the internationally accepted fair-value option to hedge accounting in Japan. They believe a fair-value option would allow more institutions to hedge their risks, particularly in…

A state of flux

Efforts to improve the risk architecture for the derivatives business in Asia appear more muted than elsewhere, with many regulators in the region taking a wait-and-see approach towards central counterparty. But, as Duncan Wood reports, there are some…

Credit spread shocks: how big and how often?

The second half of 2007 saw violent moves in credit spreads. In the fallout, there has been much discussion about how to estimate the probabilities of these severe events, but few conclusions have been obtained beyond the fact that historical data is…

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