The impact of central clearing on the market for single-name credit default swaps

58 Pages Posted: 12 May 2018 Last revised: 15 Dec 2020

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Mohamed-Ali Akari

HEC Montreal

Ramzi Ben-Abdallah

University of Quebec at Montreal - School of Management - Department of Finance

Michèle Breton

HEC Montreal - Department of Management Sciences

Georges Dionne

HEC Montreal - Department of Finance

Date Written: September 24, 2020

Abstract

In this article, we revisit the impact of the voluntary central clearing scheme on the CDS market. In order to address the endogeneity problem, we use a robust methodology that relies on dynamic propensity-score matching combined with generalized difference-in-differences. Our empirical findings show that central clearing results in a small increase in CDS spreads (ranging from 14 to 19 bps), while there is no evidence of an associated improvement in CDS market liquidity and trading activity or of a deterioration in the default risk of the underlying bond. These results suggest that the increase in CDS spreads can be mainly attributed to a reduction in CDS counterparty risk.

Keywords: Credit default swaps, central clearing, counterparty risk, liquidity, trading activity, bond default spread, difference-in-differences, parallel trend.

JEL Classification: G12, G13, G14, G18, G28

Suggested Citation

Akari, Mohamed-Ali and Ben-Abdallah, Ramzi and Breton, Michèle and Dionne, Georges, The impact of central clearing on the market for single-name credit default swaps (September 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3171253 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3171253

Mohamed-Ali Akari

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Ramzi Ben-Abdallah

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Michèle Breton

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Georges Dionne (Contact Author)

HEC Montreal - Department of Finance ( email )

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