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Credit Derivatives – Introduction to product families

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Credit Default Swaps

This swap transfers the credit risk of fixed income products, like municipal bonds, mortgage backed securities and corporate debt between two parties. The buyer of the credit swap receives credit protection against default, a credit rating downgrade or any other negative credit event. The seller of the product assumes the risk and in return received a period payment. The contract references an underlying fixed income instrument which is known as a “reference entity”. In the event that the negative credit event occurs the seller will be obligated to deliver either the current cash value of the referenced bonds or the actual bonds to the buyer depending on the terms of the contract. Credit Products 1

Sample term sheet for a credit default swap traded by XYZ Bank plc

Draft Terms – Credit Default Swap

1. General Terms
Trade Date Aug 5, 2003
Effective Date Aug 6, 2003
Scheduled Termination DateJul 30, 2005
Floating Rate Payer (‘Seller’)XYZ Bank plc, London branch
Fixed Rate Payer (‘Buyer’)ABC Investment Bank plc
Calculation AgentSeller
Calculation Agent CityNew York
Business DayNew York
Business Day ConventionFollowing
Reference EntityJackfruit Records Corporation
Reference ObligationPrimary Obligor: Jackfruit Records
MaturityJun 30, 2020
Coupon0%
CUSIP/ISINxxxxx
Original Issue AmountUSD 100,000,000
Reference Price100%
All GuaranteesNot Applicable
2. Fixed Payments
Fixed Rate Payer
Calculation AmountUSD 7,000,000
Fixed Rate0.3% per annum
Fixed Rate Payer Payment Date(s) Oct 30, Jan 30, Apr 30, Jul 30, starting Oct 30, 2003
Fixed Rate Day Count Fraction Actual/360
3. Floating Payments
Floating Rate Payer
Calculation AmountUSD 7,000,000
Conditions to PaymentCredit Event Notice (Notifying Parties: Buyer or Seller)
Notice of Publicly Available Information: Applicable (Public Source: Standard Public Sources. Specified
Number: Two)
Credit EventsBankruptcy, Failure to Pay (Grace Period Extension: Not Applicable. Payment Requirement: $1,000,000)
Obligation(s)Borrowed Money
4. Settlement Terms
Settlement MethodPhysical Settlement
Settlement CurrencyThe currency in which the Floating Rate Payer Calculation Amount is denominated
Terms Relating to Physical Settlement
Physical Settlement PeriodThe longest of the number of business days for settlement in accordance with the then-current market practice of any Deliverable Obligation being Delivered in the Portfolio, as determined by the Calculation Agent, after consultation with the parties, but in no event shall be more than 30 days
PortfolioExclude Accrued Interest
Deliverable ObligationsBond or Loan
Deliverable Obligation Characteristics
  • Not Subordinated
  • Specified Currency – Standard Specified Currencies
  • Maximum Maturity: 30 years
  • Not Contingent
  • Not Bearer
  • Transferable
  • Assignable Loan
  • Consent Required Loan
Restructuring Maturity LimitationNot Applicable
Partial Cash Settlement of Loans Not Applicable
Partial Cash Settlement of Assignable Loans Not Applicable
EscrowApplicable
5. Documentation
Confirmation to be prepared by the Seller and agreed to by the Buyer. The definitions and provisions contained in the 2003 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions, as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., as supplemented by the May 2003 Supplement, to the 2003 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions (together, the ‘Credit Derivatives Definitions’), are incorporated into the Confirmation
6. Notice and Account Details
Telephone, Telex and/or Buyer:
Facsimile Numbers and Phone:

Contact Details for Notices Fax:

Seller: A.N. Other

Phone: +1 212-xxx-xxxx

Fax: +1 212-xxx-xxxx

Account Details of Seller 84-7512562-85

Risks and Characteristics

Credit Risk. An investor’s ability to collect any premium will depend on the ability of XYZ Bank plc to pay.

Non-Marketability. Swaps are not registered instruments and they do not trade on any exchange. It may be impossible for the transactor in a swap to transfer the obligations under the swap to another holder. Swaps are customised instruments and there is no central source to obtain prices from other dealers.

Total Return Swaps

A swap agreement in which one party makes payments based on a set rate, either fixed or floating, while the other party makes payments based on the return of an underlying asset, which includes both the income it generates and any capital gains. In total return swaps, the underlying asset, referred to as the reference asset, is usually an equity index, loans, or bonds.

The Total Return Swap allows the user to accept the economic benefits of asset ownership without utilizing the balance sheet. The other leg of the swap, usually LIBOR, is spread to reflect he non-balance sheet nature of the product. A Total Return Swap can be designed with any underlying asset agreed between two parties. No notional amounts are exchanged with the swap. The total return payer is the legal owner of the reference asset.

The total return receiver may also be required to post initial collateral as well as marginal collateral in the event that the market price of the collateral declines.

A key element of a total return swap is that both the market risk and the credit risk of the underlying asset is transferred.

Credit Products 2Sample Term sheet

Reference Asset Details
Reference Party:Sinclair Broadcast Group
Facility Type:Bond
Notional Amount:USD 10 million
Facility Maturity Date:15th July 2007
Coupon Rate9%
Swap Details
Initial Price of Reference Asset:102%
Swap Counterparty:Bank ABC
Trade Date:5th August 2002
Swap Termination Date:8th August 2005
Swap Amount:USD 10 million
Settlements:Semi-Annual
Reference Rate:6-month LIBOR
Deal Spread0.85%
Initial Collateral:An amount of cash equal to 10% of the swap funded amount
Marginal Collateral:Cash collateral by the swap receiver to the swap payer. Greater of Reference Asset Initial Price minus the Market Price, and zero

Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO)

A CDO is a debt security collateralized by a variety of debt obligations including bonds and loans of different maturities and credit quality. It is designed to give protection against losses in a portfolio. Returns on the CDOs are paid in tranches. Each tranche has a different maturity and risk associated with it. The higher the risk is the more the CDO will pay the protection buyer.

There are two types of cash flows in this instrument. Periodic premiums are paid by the protection buyer to the seller. There may also be an upfront premium. In return the buyer will received the amount of loss suffered by the tranche that he has acquired.

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