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Old 04-30-2012, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Credit Default Swaps...Anyone indulge?


I've been searching around for them but the best thing I can find is CME's credit default binary option but they're only for select companies...Are there ways to buy them on countries? Small quantities even for hedge positions. I know the ISDA can basically punk/Corzine you.

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You aren't going to find an easy way to invest in CDS if you are a retail investor/trader.
However, sort of what you are looking for-
http://www.allcountry.easyetf.com/do...FO02225702.pdf

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There is no way unless you are an accredited investor or above. CDSs are OTC products. There have been calls to regulate them and hence fix trading on exchanges but there is alot of inertia on the bank's obsession with all things OTC and unregulated.
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You aren't going to find an easy way to invest in CDS if you are a retail investor/trader.
However, sort of what you are looking for-
http://www.allcountry.easyetf.com/do...FO02225702.pdf

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I must add that anything that is securitized into a tradable package (ie: ETFs on sovereign credit default spreads) have to be rebalanced on a daily basis. This will definitely lead to aberrations in their prices. So you shouldn't be surprised to heavily underperform (relative to actual CDS performances, weighted average of course) being long a so called CDS ETF when the spreads widen. The daily rebalancing makes this a terrible 'buy and hold' sort of position but they could track well intraday.
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Thanks guys. Ugh...that sucks. Wish it was available for retail public. I hear you on rebalancing, saw myself getting ripped off from double/triple levered ETFs.
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