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An analysis of CDS transactions: implications for public reporting

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  • Kathryn Chen
  • Michael Fleming
  • John Jackson
  • Ada Li
  • Asani Sarkar

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Ongoing regulatory reform efforts aim to make the over-the-counter derivatives market more transparent by introducing public reporting of transaction-level information, including price and volume of trades. However, to date there has been a scarcity of data on the structure of trading in this market. This paper analyzes three months of global credit default swap (CDS) transactions and presents findings on the market composition, trading dynamics, and level of standardization. We find that trading activity in the CDS market is relatively low, with a majority of reference entities for single-name CDS trading less than once a day. We also find that a high proportion of CDS transactions conform to standardized contractual and trading conventions. Examining the dealer’s role as market maker, we find that large trades with customers are generally not rapidly offset by further trades in the same reference entity, suggesting that hedging of large positions, if taking place, occurs over a longer time horizon. Through our analysis, we provide a framework for regulators and policymakers to consider the design of the public reporting regime and the necessary improvements to data collection to facilitate meaningful price reporting for credit derivatives.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 517.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:517

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Keywords: Credit derivatives ; Disclosure of information ; Hedging (Finance) ; Swaps (Finance) ; Regulatory reform;

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  1. Groba, Jonatan & Lafuente, Juan A. & Serrano, Pedro, 2013. "The impact of distressed economies on the EU sovereign market," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(7), pages 2520-2532.
  2. Joshua Slive & Jonathan Witmer & Elizabeth Woodman, 2012. "Liquidity and Central Clearing: Evidence from the CDS Market," Working Papers 12-38, Bank of Canada.
  3. Das, Sanjiv & Kalimipalli, Madhu & Nayak, Subhankar, 2014. "Did CDS trading improve the market for corporate bonds?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 495-525.
  4. Blumenstock, Hendrik & von Grone, Udo & Mehlhorn, Marc & Merkl, Johannes & Pietz, Marcus, 2012. "Einflussfaktoren von CDS-Spreads als Maß für das aktuelle Bonitätsrisiko: Liefert das Rating eine Erklärung?," Bayreuth Working Papers on Finance, Accounting and Taxation (FAcT-Papers) 2012-03, University of Bayreuth, Chair of Finance and Banking.
  5. Smyth, Nick & Wetherilt, Anne, 2011. "Trading models and liquidity provision in OTC derivatives markets," Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Bank of England, vol. 51(4), pages 331-340.
  6. International Monetary Fund, 2012. "Equity Returns in the Banking Sector in the Wake of the Great Recession and the European Sovereign Debt Crisis," IMF Working Papers 12/174, International Monetary Fund.
  7. Patrick Augustin, 2012. "Sovereign Credit Default Swap Premia," Working Papers 12-10, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.

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