Tag Archives: CDS

Two ugly views of the energy debt markets

The impact of low energy prices is rippling through the debt markets for bonds issued by energy related companies.  The S&P 500 Bond Index has returned a modestly negative total return of -0.31% year-to-date while the energy bond sector tracked in the S&P 500 Energy Corporate Bond Index is down 5.79% year-to-date. Table 1: Select Sector Indices from Read more […]

U.S. Debt Markets/CDS reaction to Argentina Credit Default

On Wednesday, July 30th, S&P cut the credit rating on Argentina’s foreign currency bonds to “selective default” after they failed to reach a deal with holdout bondholders from their last default in 2001. US Treasuries initially sold off only to recover, investment grade corporate bond markets had a somewhat muted reaction, while high yield and Read more […]

Will the S&P/Case-Shiller Reverse The Trend Or Are Spreads The True Indicator?

Today’s Pending Home Sales for June month-over-month came in lower than the expected 0.5% at a -1.1%.  The prior May number was a 6.1% later revised to a 6.0%.  Tomorrow the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index is due for release at 9am. Heading into the release, the spread of the S&P/ISDA CDS U.S. Homebuilders Read more […]

After May Showers, CDS Markets Are Feeling Sunny About Summer

Over the course of a month when Mother Nature could not decide which season it was in New York City, credit market swap (CDS) market participants as a whole decided credit default insurance was too high. CDS benchmark indices like the S&P/ISDA U.S. 150 Credit Spread Index tightened 4.9%. Every sector spread that compiles the Read more […]

Equity and Credit Markets in Sync?

The companies in the S&P 500 that borrow the most money are enjoying the benefit of a positive credit market.  The cost of buying default protection on the largest bond market borrowers in the S&P 500 is tracked by the S&P/ISDA U.S. 150 Credit Spread Index and has fallen to lows which can be an Read more […]

Equity Auguries?

The market for credit default swaps is typically not well-understood by equity investors (myself emphatically included).  This is unfortunate, since the price of insuring a company’s bonds (which is what a CDS measures) can sometimes provide insight into the same company’s equity securities. For example, in September 2012, the S&P 500 financials sector began to Read more […]