A Credit Default Swap (CDS)  Coursework example
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A Credit Default Swap (CDS) is a monetary swap agreement between parties designed to shift the credit exposure of unchanging income products (Choudhry, 2006). The agreement facilitates the lender or creditor to transfer credit from a third party to an insurer.


The creditor must make periodical payments (which are taken to be insurance premium) to the insurer, and the insurer will pay the creditor in case the there is default. The fixed periodical payments made by the creditor or the buyer of a Credit Default Swap are known as the CDS fee or commonly referred to as CDS spreads. The buyer of the Credit Default Swap can only receive the exact value of the credit or loan and can not be compensated beyond that value. The seller of the Credit Default Swap (or the insurer) takes possession of the defaulted credit or loan, obtains right of ownership and can therefore sue to recover the credit. The value of the spreads to be paid should be determined so that the buyer of the Credit Default Swap can pay the correct value for the Credit Default Swap. Consider an example where a buyer of Credit Default Swap enters a five year contract to pay CDS spreads on Ford Motors credit with a principal of $10 million at 300 basis points. This means that the buyer pays $300,000 per year and obtains the right to sell bonds worth $10 million issued by Ford of that value in the event of a default by Ford. This thesis is divided into three parts which cover the topic in Credit Default Swap spreads in details. ...
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