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  2. Hello, I wish to know which is the best asset class to trade in the coming years among FX, Commodity, Equity, ABS (including CDS, MBS, RMBS, CMBS, CDO etc) etc. so that one could make very good amount of money. I would appreciate if I could get the pros a ...

    30 comments25 Oct 2017 -

  3. Yields suck now. If you're young, then you offset that with cheap access to capital. That has always been my perspective. There's a double edged sword. I work in the primary markets helping large caps find debt capital. I have become so aligned ...

    26 comments29 Sep 2012 -

  4. So there are many equity websites out there, Schwabb, etrade, Interactive Brokers, etc. They are great equity and equity option platforms. Does anyone know if individual investors can trade CDS or corporate bonds? What are the liquidity spreads like for b ...

    58 comments14 Jul 2010 -

  5. This month's Forbes had an interesting article about the music industry, specifically that we seem to be in the midst of a mini-revival of LPs, records, and vinyl. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2011/0718/life-vinyl-... Apparently our generation is unc ...

    22 comments13 Jul 2011 -

  6. America's next top bubble. Coming soon to your idiot box. Indeed, the large pension funds of America are living in a dream. The dream that 8% annual returns are a reality going forward. If we were to stop and scratch beneath the surface and ask " ...

    22 comments18 Sep 2010 -

  7. Traders, commence your evil finger pyramids. Retails CDS 's are coming. I know there's more than a few John Paulson wannabes here on WSO but, as small investors we never had the chance to bet like the big guys- playing around with exotic CDS ...

    16 comments14 Jun 2016 -

  8. For those who saw Kyle at last years AmeriCatalyst, this will be a good watch as well. Bass analyzes and interprets credit events coming to fruition in the near term with respect to Japan, PIIGS and other nations. It would certainly behoove anyone in fina ...

    21 comments3 Dec 2011 -

  9. How do I trade CDX?

    Sales and Trading

    Monkeys, I am a super novice to the trading / AM world. My firm is considering to underwrite/ trade CDX and I am tasked to find out how the trade would work. Can anyone please tell me anything/ everything I need to know about how the trade work? CDS ...

    15 comments13 Jul 2015 -

  10. Thoughts on creating a long synthetic exposure? Is it even possible? CDS ...

    14 comments17 May 2012 -

  11. Credit Default Swap

    Investment Banking

    Could a knowledgeable individual please explain Credit Default Swaps on a broad level? I'm a bit confused about who sold them, how they work, who gets paid in the event of bankruptcy, and what exactly happened with all the CDSs that Lehman I guess cr ...

    14 comments8 Feb 2009 -

  12. Hi Everyone, I am trying to calculate spread-implied probabilities of default (POD) for the iTraxx Xover index and compare with actual, realized default rates to analyse the correlation. I'm using the spread/(1-Recovery Rate) formula to determine app ...

    8 comments19 Apr 2016 -

  13. Shorting Multi-Family

    Real Estate

    Aside form buying CDS contracts on multi-family loan pools, are there any other ways to short the MF housing market? Recently traveled to Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Charlotte. Found myself astounded at the amount of MF property that has gone up in the pa ...

    9 comments22 Jul 2013 -

  14. CDS For Retail Investors

    Investment Banking

    Looks like the day is coming soon when retail investors can purchase CDS. I've been waiting for this day for a while. Lots of companies I'd like to short but borrow can be a pain and premiums on puts are often too high. They will began trading o ...

    8 comments25 Feb 2011 -

  15. I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but I'm looking for CDS data for major creditors (Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, etc.), does anyone know how to find them using a Bloomberg terminal? If not, is it possible to find acc ...

    8 comments1 Apr 2009 -

  16. Can someone explain CDS payments. For example: Say I own $10,000,000 in Italian 5-Yr Bonds. For protection (via a CDS) I would have to pay $376,600 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/38451750)? I'm confused about the payment if my 5-yr bond expires in 3 months ...

    6 comments23 Mar 2012 -

  17. CDS trading desk

    Sales and Trading

    Is anyone aware of any banks having internal hedging CDS desks? How blurry is the line between hedging and prop and how is this dealt with by the bank? CDS ...

    5 comments2 May 2014 -

  18. So, up front I admit that I have limited knowledge of the CDS market and even less of the repo market. But I thought of a strategy today that could hypothetically work with certain assumptions. The crux of the strategy is to attempt to locate inefficienci ...

    5 comments18 Mar 2013 -

  19. More bad news for all Soros/Tudor/Paulson-wannabes. If this actually goes through, traders are going to be so fucking pissed off. What are your thoughts about this issue? Article: EU hopes for deal on short-selling, CDS curbs Link: http://www.reuters.com/ ...

    5 comments18 Oct 2011 -

  20. John "Mac" McQuown, the inventor of the first equity index portfolio, has built an interesting financial product that is designed to eliminate credit risk from corporate bonds. He calls it the eBond and Bloomberg has written an excellent and hig ...

    4 comments5 Feb 2015 -

  21. In the olden days, before indoor plumbing folk would hoof it to the nearby well for a bucket of water. Being that we overlook how necessary water is for every day function, trips to the well must have been plentiful. I imagine that this is where the expre ...

    4 comments1 Jun 2011 -

  22. Well, Mr. Market obviously thinks the whole thing is super, but after checking out some of the releases, I'm really puzzled how they'll actually achieve it. You? First of all let's talk about the haircut. To say that the 50% cut is huge is ...

    3 comments27 Oct 2011 -

  23. RBC CDS?

    Sales and Trading

    Hi all, do you know if a 5Y CDS for Royal Bank of Canada exists? Can't find a quote on Bloomberg or our internal database. If anybody knows about this credit, would be happy if you would let me know. If a CDS exists, would be great if you could post ...

    3 comments23 Oct 2012 -

  24. For something like 10m notional. Let's say the cost of the CDS is 3.4m up front and 100K annually. How is the probability of default calculated? CDS ...

    3 comments30 Jan 2012 -

  25. I am a student and have recently started learning about CDS for sovereign bonds in emerging markets and was wondering what are the biggest events that affect its pricing. I am particularly interested in CDS's for countries that are serial debt defaul ...

    2 comments24 Feb 2019 -

  26. What do you think generally about CCPs? In 2007 the deregulation in OTC derivative markets caused the suprime crisis. Now we have CCPs to clear CDS transactions. US and European politicians want more regulation in the OTC derivative markets. Many EU finan ...

    2 comments11 Jun 2011 -

  27. Hi everyone, what funds do controversial distressed situations in Europe? I am thinking about debt to equity swaps, CDS plays (like the one GSO did where they forced covenant breach and collected on the CDS), loan to own etc. I am thinking about Oaktree, ...

    1 comment17 May 2018 -

  28. A Credit Default Swap (CDS) is a financial instrument that is effectively insurance on a bond. The idea behind them is that the owner of a CDS pays a certain amount per year (interest rate basis points) and if the asset that is backed by the CDS defaults, ...

    23 Apr 2012 -

  29. I love shorts. Not bermudas, capris or the wedgie causing kind. I love short sellers. They are one of the small cells of the free market which gives lifeblood to the organism. Pumping plasma of personal interest and profit seeking, these folks are often m ...

    22 Aug 2010 -

  30. I have quite a few years experience as a product controller covering cash credit products. Unfortunately I never got the experience I wanted with CDS. I was turned out twice because I lacked solid CDS knowledge. I've done some homework and found some ...

    7 Jan 2015 -

  31. With the option of cash settlement, who cares about physical settlement? Or is it purely to arb the difference between the CTD bond price and the recovery value determined at CDS auction? (and if so, one would think those two would converge quickly anyway ...

    29 Feb 2012 -

  32. CDX Tranche Strategies

    Sales and Trading

    Anyone know of any good articles online that discuss tranche trading strategies as well as index positions? CDS cdos CDX Salary ...

    1 comment14 Nov 2011 -

  33. Credit tranche traders

    Sales and Trading

    Anyone trade credit tranches (bespoke, etc)? Curious to know what those desks are like; what sort of analytics are used etc. CDS credit derivatives ...

    1 comment21 Sep 2010 -