ISDA’s Media Comment blog offers a great critique of the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of the process to determine whether Greek sovereign credit default swaps have experienced a credit event as a result of the country’s latest debt restructuring.
Today we were treated to two news stories in two newspapers on one topic: the process for determining whether a credit event has occurred with respect to Greek sovereign CDS.
On the one hand, there’s The Washington Post: “For Greece, a critical conference call between London and New York.” (A follow-up story is here.) On the other hand, there’s The Wall Street Journal’s “Hushed Up: Secret Panel Holds Fate of Greek CDS.”
An important part of the credit event process – and an important element in each story – are the ISDA Determinations Committees (DCs). The DCs are 15-member panels of representatives from banks and investment firms. A supermajority (12 of 15) of each DC’s members is required to make a determination. Here’s how the Post describes the process and the DCs:
“The banks and other investors who buy and sell the swap contracts have agreed to the arrangement…
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