Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Side Bets

The side issue with the Greek debt situation is nobody really knows how many CDS bets were made that nobody can actually afford to pay.

European negotiators have asked Greek debt holders to accept a 60 per cent cut in the face value of their bonds, a hardline stance that far exceeds losses agreed in a deal between private investors and eurozone authorities three months ago.


According to officials briefed on the talks, France, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund remain concerned the tough stance could trigger bondholder insurance policies known as credit default swaps, sparking investor panic because of uncertainty over which financial institutions face CDS losses.

It's why you have to regulate insurance markets, idiots.