813530What’s a credit event? It’s a difficult question. Dealbreaker is exercised on this, or more specifically on the issues with CDS protection holders getting paid on some unusual credit-event-like happenings:

  • There are bonds.
  • You buy CDS that is supposed to pay off if something goes wrong with the bonds.
  • Something goes wrong with the bonds, insofar as they poof into some weird garbage-y thing or assortment of garbage-y things.
  • You can scoop up garbage-y things to your heart’s content, but the contract doesn’t let you deliver them into CDS in a way that achieves the sensible result.
  • Sensible Result = Face Value of Bond minus Value of Package of Garbage-y Things You Got For Your Bond
  • So you get less than Sensible Result, and are screwed, and the CDS seller has a windfall.  Continue reading
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