The Dictionary of Debt (II): CDS, Credit Rating Agencies, Debt Audit Commission, Debt Negotiations / Restructuring of Debt

Credit Default Swaps (CDS): Insurance contracts which cover the buyer (e.g. a bank that buys a bond) against the occurrence that the bond issuer (e.g. a country) defaults; they are a ‘fruit’ of the 1990s. A bank which purchases government bonds may insure its bond purchases with another bank, which undertakes to pay the insurance…

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