Indices can be structured on any collection of underlying structured credit and ABS instruments and traded or utilised bilaterally. Such activity is typically facilitated through the use of derivatives. A growing area of focus surrounds total return swaps or TRS (ie a swap of cashflows of both interest and capital) on an agreed index or basket of underlying credit or loan instruments. However, the greatest volume of structured credit index activity is in the standardised IHS Markit CDX and iTraxx CDS indices. Unlike, say, an equity index, the CDX and iTraxx indices are not notional indices created with reference to the underlying cash market, they are portfolios of actively traded credit default swaps or CDS. As a result, the indices are themselves tradable. The standardised index product set includes: iTraxx Europe, iTraxx Europe Crossover, iTraxx Europe HiVol, CDX.NA.IG, CDX.NA.HY, CDX.NA.IG.HVOL, CDX.EM, CDX.EM.DIVERSIFIED, iTraxx Japan and iTraxx Asia ex-Japan. In addition, there are indices covering other asset classes: ABX (ABS of US home equity loans), CMBX (commercial mortgage-backed securities), LevX Senior and LevX Subordinated (European leveraged loans) and LCDX (US leveraged loans).

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    Market moves    24 August 2020
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    News    30 April 2020
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    News Analysis    4 July 2019
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    The broad-based rally in credit in recent weeks is also driving up European credit option volatility...

    News    22 May 2019
  • New fund for CDS recruit

    Company hires and sector developments

    ABL acquisition Benefit Street Partners affiliate Business Development Corporation of America has a...

    Market moves    28 February 2019
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    News Analysis    22 February 2019
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    News    9 July 2018
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    News Analysis    23 May 2018
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    News Analysis    21 May 2018
  • Market moves - 11 May

    Acquisitions Blackstone is set to acquire all outstanding common shares of Gramercy Property Trust...

    Market moves    11 May 2018
  • Market moves - 13 April

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    Market moves    13 April 2018
  • Market moves - 23 March

    CDS clearing developments Intercontinental Exchange has transitioned index CDS open interest from...

    News    23 March 2018
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    Toys 'R' Us is set to close 182 stores, accounting for seven million square-feet or about a fifth of...

    News    25 January 2018
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    Two developments - one under ISDA's control and the other seemingly out of it -...

    News Analysis    12 September 2017
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    News    1 September 2017
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    News Analysis    15 August 2017
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    News Analysis    17 May 2017
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    News    20 March 2017
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    News    17 March 2017
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    News    3 March 2017
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    News Round-up    2 February 2017