Emerging market CDS volume up 40 pct in second quarter
By Daniel Bases
NEW YORK Aug 1 (Reuters) - Emerging market credit default swaps trading volume rose 40 percent in the second quarter of this year, reaching $389 billion, versus the same period a year ago, a survey showed on Friday.
However, EMTA, the emerging markets debt trading and investment industry trade association, said in a statement that volumes were down 5 percent from the first quarter of this year.
"With better market tone in the second quarter versus the first quarter, and with overall volatility on the decline during the period, it was not surprising to see an almost across-the-board drop of sovereign CDS activity," David Spegel, global head of emerging market credit research at BNP Paribas in London, said in a statement.
Credit default swaps, or CDS, act as a kind of insurance for investors who own debt, in this case debt issued by sovereign nations, against potential default or restructuring.
Argentina CDS trading volumes, however, bucked the trend in the second quarter.
"Given the nearing risk of a default from Argentina, it was also not unexpected to see the 68 percent quarter-on-quarter jump in Argentine trades," Spegel said.
On Friday, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association's (ISDA) 15-member Determinations Committee confirmed that Argentina had failed to pay on its debt and that it went into default on Wednesday.
The vote by the ISDA-facilitated committee requires a supermajority of 12 of the 15 members to vote in favor of a ruling, which in this case decided that a credit event had indeed occurred when Argentina missed a coupon payment on July 30. Continuación...