Safe Haven CDS Premiums

Sven Klingler, David Lando

Publikation: Working paperForskning


Credit Default Swaps can be used to lower capital requirements of dealer banks who enter into uncollateralized derivatives positions with sovereigns. We show in a model that the regulatory incentive to obtain capital relief makes CDS contracts valuable to dealer banks and empirically that, consistent with the use of CDS for regulatory purposes, there is a disconnect between changes in bond yield spreads and in CDS premiums especially for safe sovereigns. Additional empirical tests related to volumes of contracts outstanding, effects of regulatory proxies, and the corporate bond and CDS markets support that CDS contracts are used for capital relief.
Udgivelses stedLondon
UdgiverCentre for Economic Policy Research
StatusUdgivet - 2018
NavnCentre for Economic Policy Research. Discussion Papers


  • Capital charges
  • CDS premiums
  • CDS-bond basis
  • CVA


Klingler, S., & Lando, D. (2018). Safe Haven CDS Premiums. (s. 85). Centre for Economic Policy Research. Centre for Economic Policy Research. Discussion Papers, Nr. DP12694