The cost of insuring corporate and sovereign bonds from non-payment in the Asia-Pacific region declined, according to traders of credit-default swaps.
The Markit iTraxx Australia index fell 3 basis points to 180.5 basis points as of 10:18 a.m. in Sydney, Westpac Banking Corp. (WBC) prices show. The measure has ranged between 211 and 128 this year, according to CMA, which is owned by McGraw-Hill Cos. and compiles prices quoted by dealers in the privately negotiated market.
The Markit iTraxx Asia index of 40 investment-grade borrowers outside Japan decreased 3 basis points to 171 as of 8:23 a.m. in Singapore, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc prices show. The benchmark has traded between 210 and 132.5 since Jan. 1, according to CMA.
The Markit iTraxx Japan index dropped 3 basis points to 175 as of 9:24 a.m. in Tokyo, Deutsche Bank AG prices show.
All three indexes are headed for their first daily decline in four days, according to CMA.
Credit-default swap indexes are benchmarks for insuring bonds against default and traders use them to speculate on credit quality. A drop signals improving perceptions of creditworthiness, while an increase suggests the opposite.
The swap contracts pay the buyer face value in exchange for the underlying securities if a borrower fails to meet its debt agreements. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.
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