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Safe-Haven CDS Premiums

82 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2014 Last revised: 28 Dec 2017

Sven Klingler

BI Norwegian Business School

David Lando

Copenhagen Business School

Date Written: December 27, 2017


We develop a model in which a derivatives-dealing bank faces capital charges from uncollateralized swap positions with sovereigns, and buys Credit Default Swap (CDS) contracts to obtain capital relief. CDS premiums depend on margin requirements for buyers and sellers of CDS contracts, the value of capital relief for the dealer banks, and the return on a risky asset. We explain the regulatory requirements that lead derivatives dealers to buy CDS and translate volumes of derivatives contracts outstanding between sovereigns and banks into CDS hedging demand. We argue that CDS premiums for safe sovereigns are primarily driven by regulatory requirements.

Keywords: CDS premiums, Capital charges, CVA, CDS-bond basis

JEL Classification: F34, G12, G15

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Klingler, Sven and Lando, David, Safe-Haven CDS Premiums (December 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Sven Klingler (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0442

David Lando

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
+45 3815 3600 (Fax)

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