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Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Pricing, Applications & Features
Attending the course will help you:
  • Understand the single name Credit Default Swap (CDS) product
  • Find out about the main CDS concepts and analyse the different ways in which a CDS can be valued and traded
  • Consider the CDS indices and various structured products into which a CDS can be packaged

Course background

The programme starts off by looking at Credit Default Swap fundamentals, then moves on to analyse CDS transactions and examines how to price a CDS.  The course explores different types of trades and explains the terminology employed.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of finance and fixed income who is looking for an introduction to the CDS product.  An understanding of bond pricing and market risk (i.e. duration / DV01) is assumed.

Programme Recognition

This is an accredited course under the Solicitors Regulation Authority (formerly The Law Society's) CPD Scheme. Solicitors may claim 12 hours CPD credit for their attendance of the whole course.

Course Tutor

Neil Schofield
Neil is a visiting fellow at the University of Reading and is a freelance training consultant. From 2001 to 2008, he was global head of financial markets training at Barclays Capital in London.  He was responsible for the design and delivery of a large number of seminars in a variety of different asset classes to many different audiences. Previous to that he was a director at Chisholm Roth training in London and has also held positions at Chase Manhattan Bank as well as Security Pacific Hoare Govett (now trading as Bank of America). Neil has over 20 years of experience in financial markets. In 2008, he published his first book “Commodity Derivatives” and his second text “Trading the Fixed Income, Inflation and Credit Markets” was published in 2011.  

He is currently co-authoring a book on Inflation entitled “Trading Inflation: Markets, instruments and strategies”, which is due for publication in 2013.

Course Outline
Session 1 Contents
Credit Default Swap fundamentals • The CDS market
• CDS structures and contractual terms
Session 2 Contents
Analysing CDS transactions • European and North American terms
• Understanding credit events
• Applying a framework to analyse CDS
Session 3 Contents
Pricing CDS • Risky PV01
• Risky DV01
• Valuing CDS from asset swaps
• Zero coupon pricing
Session 4 Contents
Applications of single name CDS transactions • The CDS basis
• Switch trades
• Curve trades
• Forward trades
• Capital structure trades
• Butterfly trades
Session 5 Contents
CDS indices • CDS indices
• Terminology
• Hedging and trading applications
Session 6 Contents
Credit – linked notes • Credit-linked notes
• Rationale for usage
• Pricing concepts
Session 7 Contents
CDS swaptions • Terminology
• Intuitive guide to pricing
• Hedging and trading applications
Session 8 Contents
Index tranche investing • Key terminology
• Understanding default correlation
• Trading applications

Details of the next seminarICE Education



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London EC1Y 4SA
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Please email education@icmagroup.org to register your interest to attend our next publicly scheduled course.

Based at ICE Education London offices: IntercontinentalExchange® (NYSE: ICE), is a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets.


The cost of the course is £1,250.00 for ICMA Members and £1,650.00 for non-members.

The following discount scale is offered:
2-4 candidates – 5% discount each*
5+ candidates – 10% discount each*

*Please note that discounts are applied by way of a refund to the organisation when registration has closed and the final number of candidates from the firm has been determined

Course materials will be provided to candidates in electronic format prior to the start of programme. Please ensure that you have access to this document during the course by either printing off a copy or by downloading it on your laptop, iPad or Tablet.

Should you require a hard copy of the course materials, there is a charge for printing off and sending the course materials to the training venue.  Please contact education@icmagroup.org a minimum of two weeks before the course start date for further details on this.

Payment can be made by secure online credit card or by invoice. Please note that the BACS invoice method has an additional £50 admin fee.

Note that anyone requiring accommodation to take the course will be required to arrange this on their own; it is a class-based but non-residential course.

For more information

This course is also available on a group booking basis.

Should you have any queries about this seminar please contact David Senior on +44 20 7213 0329 or at education@icmagroup.org

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