Credit default swap


A credit derivative contract between two parties where the buyer makes periodic payments (over the maturity period of the CDS) to the seller in exchange for a commitment to a payoff if a third party defaults. Generally used as insurance against default on a credit asset but can also be used for speculation.

Investing Essentials

Copyright © 2011 Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Term of the Day

Cumulative voting

A system of voting for directors of a corporation in which shareholder's total number of votes is equal to the number of shares held times the number of candidates.

Subscribe to the Term of the Day via email Get the Term of the Day in your inbox!

Create your free portfolio