Credit Default Swap (CDS) - A Major Player in the Financial Crisis
(Volume publication date December ) First published online as a Review in Advance on March 25, Credit default swaps (CDSs) are term insurance contracts written on traded bonds. It is alleged that trading in CDSs caused the credit crisis, and therefore trading CDSs is an evil that needs to . and Europe, credit default swaps have been well tested in the past nine years. .. Online delivery. +44 20 .. ery of long-dated securities that may be trading at a. Apr 2, I am interested in hedging against sovereign defaults (Spain, Greece and Portugal) can anyone show me how to profit from the Join Date: Sep The best bet for free data on the internet is probably cmavision or Markit.
Through a CDS, the buyer can mitigate the risk of their investment by shifting all or a portion of that risk onto an insurance company or other CDS seller in exchange for a periodic fee. In this way, the buyer of a credit default swap receives credit protection, whereas the seller of the swap guarantees the credit worthiness of the debt security. For example, the buyer of a credit default swap will be entitled to the par value of the contract by the seller of the swap, should the issuer default on payments.
If the debt issuer does not default and if all goes well the CDS buyer will end up losing some money, but the buyer stands to lose a much greater proportion of their investment if the issuer defaults and if they have not bought a CDS. As such, the more the holder of a security thinks its issuer is likely to default, the more desirable a CDS is and the more the premium is worth it.
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Credit Default Swap in Context Any situation involving a credit default swap will have a minimum of three parties. The first party involved is the financial institution that issued the debt security in the first place. Failure to pay refers to the inability of the borrower to make payment of the principal and interest after the completion of the grace period. Restructuring refers to the change in the terms of the debt contract, which is detrimental to the creditors. If the credit event does not occur before the maturity of the loan, the protection seller does not make any payment to the buyer.
CDS can be structured either for the event of shortfall in principal or shortfall in interest. There are three options for calculating the size of payment by the seller to the buyer. The maximum amount paid by the protection seller is the fixed rate. The protection seller compensates the buyer for any interest shortfall and the limit set is Libor plus fixed pay. In this case, the protection seller has to compensate for shortfall in interest without any limit.
We also document that credit risks have not concentrated at any specific type of counterparty. During the Great Financial Crisis GFC and its aftermath this was driven by compression, whereas in recent years it appears to have been driven by the rise of central clearing.
Box A discusses different measures of clearing rates. Box B reviews global residential property price developments, using data compiled by the BIS. The global CDS market: The semiannual over-the-counter OTC derivatives statistics provide a regular, comprehensive and global overview. These data capture the consolidated positions of about 70 banks and other reporting dealers based in 12 countries ie each dealer reports the positions of all entities worldwide belonging to its corporate group.
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As the CDS market tends to be concentrated StulzAbad et althese data are representative of global activity. An even more comprehensive view of the market emerges every three years from the Triennial Central Bank Survey. The most recent instalment, incompiled OTC derivatives data from more than reporting institutions in 46 countries. A similar pattern can be observed for the gross market value of outstanding positions, which capture the cost of replacing contracts at market prices prevailing on the reporting date.
Whereas notional amounts reflect the maximum potential counterparty exposure of the protection seller to the protection buyer, gross market values provide an indication of current credit risk exposures. This reduces both the number of contracts and gross notional amounts while keeping net exposures fixed. Since the immediate post-crisis period, compression outside CCPs has been less common, as it declined substantially from its peak in Graph 1centre panel.
In particular, contract maturity is concentrated around the five-year mark Abad et al Contracts with maturities beyond five years have steadily declined post-GFC Graph 1right-hand panel.
The components displayed in the graph may sum to less than the total because of incomplete reporting unallocated amounts are not shown. The rise of central counterparties The reduction in notional amounts outstanding has been most pronounced in inter-dealer positions.
This suggests that CCPs are likely to have been a key driver behind the reduction in inter-dealer positions and notional amounts outstanding in recent years. In principle, the reductions could be driven by: Box A Calculating clearing rates in BIS derivatives statistics The calculation of clearing rates - the proportion of contracts cleared through CCPs - may seem straightforward, but several complications arise.
One fundamental issue relates to whether to use trading activity or outstanding contracts ie flow or stock data. Clearing rates based on trading activity, such as turnover, can better capture the degree of clearing of current contracts. However, such data overweigh short-term contracts, which are turned over more frequently.
A second issue is how to address the double-counting of dealer contracts that are novated to CCPs. In the BIS derivatives statistics, dealers report outstanding contracts by counterparty type. Thus double-counting of inter-dealer positions, including cross-border inter-dealer trades, can be eliminated.
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However, indirect inter-dealer trades - ie those that are novated to a CCP - are still counted twice. Novation effectively replaces one inter-dealer trade with two dealer-to-CCP trades. Since a CCP typically acts as a counterparty to two dealers, counting each dealer's position with the CCP again introduces double-counting. Dividing the positions with CCPs by two yields an adjusted minimum clearing rate, as it assumes that all positions with CCPs are initially inter-dealer contracts.
A third issue is the choice of inputs used to measure clearing rates for outstanding contracts, such as notional amounts, gross market values or net market values.
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Notional outstanding amounts are a natural, and indeed the most common, choice for computing clearing rates based on outstanding contracts. But using market values instead can provide interesting insights. Gross market values, for instance, are a closer measure of the amount that might be lost in a credit event. If credit risk shrinks, so does the market value of the contract.