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Sovereign, Corporate Bond Risk Rises, Credit-Default Swaps Show

May 10, 2012

The cost of insuring against default on European sovereign and corporate debt rose, reversing an earlier decline, according to BNP Paribas SA.

The Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index of credit- default swaps on 15 governments climbed 1.5 basis points to 285.5 at 11:40 a.m. in London. An increase signals deterioration in perceptions of credit quality.

Contracts on the Markit iTraxx Crossover Index of 50 companies with mostly high-yield credit ratings rose 4.5 basis points to 696.5. The Markit iTraxx Europe Index of 125 companies with investment-grade ratings increased two basis points to 158 basis points.

The Markit iTraxx Financial Index linked to senior debt of 25 banks and insurers was three basis points higher at 268 and the subordinated index was up five at 433.

A basis point on a credit-default swap protecting 10 million euros ($13 million) of debt from default for five years is equivalent to 1,000 euros a year. Swaps pay the buyer face value in exchange for the underlying securities or the cash equivalent should a borrower fail to adhere to its debt agreements.

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