Credit Default Swaps: Past, Present, and Future

Posted: 18 Nov 2016

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Patrick Augustin

McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management

Marti G. Subrahmanyam

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Dragon Yongjun Tang

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Business and Economics

Sarah Qian Wang

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School

Date Written: October 2016

Abstract

Credit default swaps (CDS) have grown to be a multi-trillion-dollar, globally important market. The academic literature on CDS has developed in parallel with the market practices, public debates, and regulatory initiatives in this market. We selectively review the extant literature, identify remaining gaps, and suggest directions for future research. We present a narrative including the following four aspects. First, we discuss the benefits and costs of CDS, emphasizing the need for more research in order to better understand the welfare implications. Second, we provide an overview of the postcrisis market structure and the new regulatory framework for CDS. Third, we place CDS in the intersection of law and finance, focusing on agency conflicts and financial intermediation. Last, we examine the role of CDS in international finance, especially during and after the recent sovereign credit crises.

Suggested Citation

Augustin, Patrick and Subrahmanyam, Marti G. and Tang, Dragon Yongjun and Wang, Sarah Qian, Credit Default Swaps: Past, Present, and Future (October 2016). Annual Review of Financial Economics, Vol. 8, pp. 175-196, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2870861 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-financial-121415-032806

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Sarah Qian Wang

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