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Credit Default Swap Fears Still Freeze Lending October 17, 2008

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Lehman Brothers former chief executive Dick Fuld has faced heavy criticism

Lehman Brothers former chief executive Dick Fuld has faced heavy criticism

Those on the wrong side of these Lehman debt contracts – known as credit default swaps (CDS) – must come up with the money by Tuesday, the next D-Day in the ever-fraught calendar of the credit markets. There has been a deafening silence so far.

There is no easy way of finding out who they are, so every bank and insurer is suspect. The $55,000bn CDS market is “completely lacking in transparency and completely unregulated” in the words of Chris Cox, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The settlement auction on Lehman CDS contracts last week was in itself a bombshell. Creditors retrieved just nine cents on the dollar from the Lehman wreckage. As Naked Capitalism put it, the bank had “vaporised”.

Fears of Lehman’s CDS derivatives haunt markets – Telegraph

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