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Competition Law

Analysis - debate - current awareness

29 APR 2011

Credit default swaps

The European Commission has opened two antitrust investigations into the credit default swaps (CDS) market. CDS are derivatives originally created to provide protection against the risk of default. Today, they are also used for speculation. Information about CDS is needed to allow market participants to determine the value of their investment portfolios and develop investment strategies. In order to create and sell aggregated CDS information products and services, information service providers need access to a certain amount of CDS transaction and valuation data.

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