Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Intercontinental Exchange Is Now Clear To Clear CDS Trades

The Federal Reserve Board has approved the proposal of Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) to be CDS clearinghouse. The SEC is expected to follow promptly in its approval as well. As counterparty risk is thus set to be eliminated, CDS spreads will likely widen dramatically and the CDS basis trade will collapse over the next few months as CDS and bond spread converge. Sphere: Related Content
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9 comments:

Chad said...

Wouldn't spreads narrow?

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You're doing great work, man.

Advant Guard said...

So is ICE a CDS clearinghouse or is it the CDS clearinghouse? And will OTC CDS still be allowed?

Anonymous said...

its just centrally cleared. not an exchange. also cds, imho, should prob go wider. think about it. if i owned protection and I thought there was some chance you couldn't pay me if a credit event took place, would I pay you more or less for protection? prolly less. now that cp risk has been mutualized, i would pay more, knowing that there's higher likelihood i'd get paid....basis should likely narrow as td has been pointing out...

Anonymous said...

CDS will be just like futures now...ultra low margin, liquid, and useful hedging devices. In their old form there were a joke and dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Tyler - will this change the arbitrage dynamic you've pointed out in previous CDS settlement auctions?

Tyler said...

Clearinghouse will cause spreads to widen substantially due to upfront post of collateral by any counterparty to ICE. read bullet 3 in the linked basis arb article. Also, this should not have an impact on settlement auction as those are cash product derivatives which benefit from legacy net selling of protection on defaulted names

Paul W said...

As the negative basis trade disappears, will this make traders less willing to hold corporate bonds, pushing down their price, all else being equal?

Tyler Durden said...

if anything bonds would have to be purchased for the spread to converge somewhere inbetween (bond z spread would tighten as price goes up to meet with cds spread which is going wider). i dont see a bond selloff as a result of a clearinghouse

Anonymous said...

this will be another one of those "who could have predicted" debacles.

The ICE clearinghouse is made up of such finacial powerhouses as BAC, C, UBS, GS, and JPM.

Two (BAC/C) are defacto entities of US government and two (JPM/GS) survive on taxpayer largesse via such firms as AIG.

This is more of a Potemkin Village to show the masses that dealers are behaving themselves and why we should provide them with more billions.

ICE has as much ability to liquidate a CDS in a volatile market than as Tim Geithner has in computing his taxes.

Corporate bond spreads reflect both liquidity and credit. The notion that CDS spreads = bond spreads implies that liquidity is zero!

Surely, you jest!