Greece Named as Riskiest Sovereign Debt for the Second Quarter in Succession (CMA)

I thought you might be interested in CMA's Q1 report on sovereign debt credit risk (credit default swaps):

Sovereign CDS (CMA Datavision)
"Embargoed until 8am GMT Thursday 7th April 2011

Greece named as riskiest sovereign debt for the second quarter in succession

CMA today published its Sovereign Debt Credit Risk Report for the first quarter in 2011, click here to read.

No change at the top
The report found no change in the six riskiest sovereign debts, with Greece retaining its position as the world’s most risky for the second quarter in succession, with a 58% chance of a debt restructuring occurring within five years. Despite a rally in January, Greece widened to reach a high of 1100bp following downgrades by Moody’s in early March. Egypt and Lebanon have replaced Spain and Hungary in the top 10, with unrest in the Middle East making it a testing quarter for the region. Scandinavian countries again dominate the least risky sovereign debts. The Netherlands is a new entry at five, and Chile has ousted Australia from the top 10, a result of the lower market recovery assumption for emerging markets. The best performers of the quarter all came from Western Europe.

Sharp rises in the Middle East and North Africa flatten out
It was an eventful quarter for the Middle East and North Africa, with sharp rises in CDS prices occurring in Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Bahrain and Israel at the end of January, triggered by the Egyptian people’s call for democratic elections. Except for Bahrain, the initial rise was followed by a relatively stable period in March, albeit at higher levels from the start of the quarter, perhaps signalling that markets believe that the unrest will not affect the economies in the longer term.

Japan shows resilience
Japan CDS showed remarkable resilience first to a downgrade by Standard and Poors to AA- at the end of January in the face of concerns over the $12trillion debt, and then to the devastating earthquake where the cost of protection initially jumped 40bp. Despite these events, the CDS ended only 27bp wider on the quarter at 99bp."

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