New York (Hedgeco.net) – CME Group is restructuring its credit default swap (CDS) with hedge fund Citadel Investment Group as a strategic program targeted at providing clearing-only services for the nearly $27 trillion CDS market.
Key features developed as part of the joint effort with Citadel, which was known as CMDX, will be carried forward in the clearing-only service, including state-of-the-art trade booking and legacy trade migration facilities.
“We remain committed to bringing stability and transparency to the CDS market, while further enhancing confidence in the financial marketplace,” said Terry Duffy, Executive Chairman, CME Group. “Over the past several months, we have been working closely with all market participants. Both buy-side and sell-side participants have expressed an interest in continuing to execute their CDS transactions the same as they do today, but with the added benefit of central counterparty clearing.”
Citadel remains a founding member of the newly restructured CDS initiative. The other buy-side founding members are: AllianceBernstein, BlackRock, BlueMountain Capital Management, the D. E. Shaw group and PIMCO. A number of leading sell-side participants are in the process of becoming founding members. CME Group plans to announce the launch of the clearing initiative’s pilot program in the weeks ahead. CME’s clearing solution builds on the existing over-the-counter (OTC) market.
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