Common Forms of Credit Derivatives

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Credit Derivatives
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Based in the New York-New Jersey region, Rao Chalasani has held directorships with Merrill Lynch and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Before assuming these roles, Rao Chalasani served as vice president of global derivatives technology with Deutsche Bank, where he focused primarily on credit derivatives and IR derivatives.

A financial instrument involving the transfer of credit risk without changing ownership of the underlying entity, credit derivatives come in many different forms. Credit default swaps (CDS), which rank among the most common credit derivatives, allow a buyer to receive compensation from the seller in the event of a default. The value of a CDS depends on a number of factors, including the credit quality of both the writer and the underlying entity.

Total return swaps are similar to credit default swaps, except they also incorporate the economic exposure of the underlying asset. Credit spread options feature variable payoffs that depend on fluctuations in the credit spread, while asset swaps exchange a bond’s coupon for LIBOR cash flows and a spread.

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