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US$3.5b credit default swaps cancelled in bailout

Merrill Lynch Co Inc agreed to help bail out bond insurer Security Capital Assurance Ltd by cancelling US$3.5bil in credit default swaps and ending litigation.

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Traders pile into credit-default swaps

LONDON: Traders are buying and selling more credit protection on UK companies after Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

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SEC OKs Chicago Merc on swaps clearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday approved temporary exemptions from agency rules that will allow the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to operate as a central clearinghouse for transactions involving credit default swaps.

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SEC head urges Congress to act on derivatives

WASHINGTON: The government's top securities regulator called Thursday for Congress to impose new oversight on financial derivatives, warning that allowing risky instruments like credit default swaps to continue unfettered could bring further economic damage.

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Takeover fears make TDC credit default risk jump

COPENHAGEN: TDC’s credit default swaps show investors see risk building faster in the Danish phone company than in its European peers.

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JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley pay most in $1.9 bln swaps price-fixing settlement

NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase & Co, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Plc will pay over half of a more than $1.86 billion settlement resolving investor claims they conspired to fix prices and limit competition in the market for credit default swaps, according to a court filing.

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Saudi credit default swaps soar on U.S.-Iran crisis

DUBAI (Reuters) - The cost of insuring against a potential debt default by Saudi Arabia has soared by a sixth since Friday's killing by a U.S. drone of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, bearing the brunt of a broader reaction in Middle Eastern markets.

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Geithner, New York Fed defend actions on AIG payments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner denied any role in disclosures about American International Group's payments to banks and defended his decisions as New York Federal Reserve chief to pay full price to retire AIG credit default swaps.

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CDS rate higher but capped but investors unlikely to trim bond holdings

PETALING JAYA: The cost of insuring Malaysian bonds through credit default swaps (CDS) has increased from a year ago but is unlikely to reach the 200 mark last seen in 2011, according to analysts and economists.

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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.