A Primer on Credit Default Swaps (CDS)
11 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2010 Last revised: 4 Oct 2010
Date Written: December 29, 2009
The market for Credit Default Swaps (CDS) has grown from nothing just fifteen years ago to a huge market today. For a plain-vanilla single-name CDS this primer aims to answer the questions: What is a CDS? How does a CDS behave in response to changes in the markets? How does one value a CDS? What is the risk? The short answer to these questions is that a CDS behaves, in almost all respects, as a leveraged or financed floating-rate corporate bond. This means that anyone acquainted with corporate bonds understands the most important aspects of a CDS.
Keywords: Credit default swap, CDS, valuation, risk
JEL Classification: G10, G12
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