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Latest DTCC CDS Update (Week Of April 17)

The CDS market continues going from dead to deader. It seems the lack of liquidity is somehow spilling over into the CDS realm. Total notional barely moved up from $14.6 billion to $23.6 billion, however the number of contracts was half the prior weeks, at 9,909 total. Notable notional rerisking occurred in the basic materials ($10.7 billion) and financials ($14.5 billion) sectors, while sovereigns continued to see derisking to the tune of $12.4 billion.

Downgrade Watch: First Greece, Then Spain, Now Portugal... Make it Stop

Well, can't say we didnt see it coming. Portugal was downgraded with impunity by S&P from AA- to A+ on the belief that "the government's structural reform measures relating to the economy and public finances have proven insufficient to bring about convergence with the 'AA' peer group." And what a high quality peer group it is.

Downgrade Watch: First Greece, Then Spain, Now Portugal... Make it Stop

Well, can't say we didnt see it coming. Portugal was downgraded with impunity by S&P from AA- to A+ on the belief that "the government's structural reform measures relating to the economy and public finances have proven insufficient to bring about convergence with the 'AA' peer group." And what a high quality peer group it is.