Credit Default Swaps (CDS) are the newcomers to the derivatives world. They are only entering their third decade! Seen as one of the primary culprits for the credit crisis, these instruments play a major role in the fixed income markets. CDS are similar to a traditional corporate bond in that there is credit risk. However, that is where the similarities end. The course begins by reviewing the differences between a corporate bond and a CDS contract. Once the features are explored, pricing will be evaluated. The risk measurement DV01 and CS01 will be introduced and applied. The class closes by examining CDS indices. The features and characteristics are explored and some basic applications are evaluated.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the features and characteristics of Credit Default Swaps (CDS)
- Apply credit default swaps
- Explain the fundamentals of pricing and risk measures
- Identify the risks associated with credit default swaps
- Analyze credit indices
Prerequisites: Suggested but not required
- Introduction to Capital/Financial Markets or equivalent knowledge
Program Level: Foundational
Target Audience: Anyone who wants to learn about CDS such as staff from operations, IT, legal, compliance, middle office, and HR, and regulators who work closely with various aspects of the fixed income and credit derivatives markets.
Advance Preparation: None
Computers and Financial Calculators: Computers or tablets for viewing and accessing the electronic documents
Recommended CPE Credits: 2.4
Duration: 2 Hours