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China's debt default risk climbs to highest since June 2013

SHANGHAI: The cost of insuring Chinese sovereign debt against default climbed to the highest level since a record cash crunch in June 2013 as a slowing economy erodes confidence in the nation’s assets.

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Do Malaysia, South Africa deserve junk status? Moody's model says Yes

Six developing nations, including Malaysia and South Africa, deserve to follow Brazil into junk status, if credit-default-swaps traders are to be believed.

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Brazil is back to pre-junk levels

SAO PAULO: Brazil is winning over derivatives traders as acting president Michel Temer seeks to repair the nation’s finances.

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Brazil credit risk slips as lower house votes for Rousseff ouster

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's perceived sovereign risk among investors fell on Sunday, with the cost of insuring Brazilian bonds for five years falling yet again in the credit-default swaps market after the country's lower house of Congress voted to back the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff for breaching budget laws.

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Are Malaysia and five others following Brazil into junk status?

NEW YORK: Six developing nations, including Malaysia and South Africa, deserve to follow Brazil into junk status, if credit-default-swaps traders are to be believed.

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Whaling the Volcker Rule

WHILE everyone out East were mesmerised by the Bo Xilai mystery, another enigma has been unravelling out West, involving a London whale. On May 10, JP Morgan announced trading losses of US$2bil, the resignation of the head of its chief investment office and the departure of Bruno Iksil, the London-based French trader who made such large and some say fearless bets in synthetic credit default swaps (CDS) that he was also nicknamed the London whale, Voldemort (the wizard nemesis of Harry Potter) or the Caveman.

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Ukraine debt insurance costs fall sharply

LONDON (Reuters) - Ukraine's five-year credit default swaps fell sharply on Monday after hopes grew Ukraine will get foreign aid after the ousting of Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich.

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Citigroup, ABN Amro and CIMB trade first ringgit default swaps

Citigroup Inc, ABN Amro Holding NV and CIMB Group said they made the first credit-default swap trades between banks that are tied to bonds denominated in ringgit.

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Execs' posh retreat after bailout angers lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than a week after the federal government had to bail out American International Group Inc., the insurance company sent executives on a $440,000 retreat to a posh California resort, lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown said Tuesday.

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Market operators hinder CFTC as it seeks to monitor swaps

WASHINGTON Market operators' failure to cooperate to provide the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with adequate data is preventing the regulator from effectively monitoring the global swaps market, according to sources familiar with the matter.