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Credit Default Swaps

Bootstrap CDS probability curve, price, and determine CDS price and spread

Additional tools for working with credit default swaps and are available in Financial Instruments Toolbox™. For more information, see Price Credit Derivative Instruments (Financial Instruments Toolbox).


cdsbootstrapBootstrap default probability curve from credit default swap market quotes
cdspriceDetermine price for credit default swap
cdsspreadDetermine spread of credit default swap
cdsrpv01 Compute risky present value of a basis point for credit default swap


  • Bootstrapping a Default Probability Curve

    In a typical workflow, pricing a new CDS contract involves first estimating a default probability term structure using cdsbootstrap.

  • Finding Breakeven Spread for New CDS Contract

    The breakeven, or running, spread is the premium a protection buyer must pay, with no upfront payments involved, to receive protection for credit events.

  • Valuing an Existing CDS Contract

    The current value, or mark-to-market, of an existing CDS contract is the amount of money the contract holder would receive or pay to unwind this contract.

  • Converting from Running to Upfront

    A CDS market quote is given in terms of a standard spread and an upfront payment, or in terms of an equivalent running or breakeven spread, with no upfront payment.

  • Bootstrapping from Inverted Market Curves

    These examples show bootstrapping with inverted CDS market curves, that is, market quotes with higher spreads for short-term CDS contracts.

  • First-to-Default Swaps (Financial Instruments Toolbox)

    This example shows how to price first-to-default (FTD) swaps under the homogeneous loss assumption.

  • Credit Default Swap (CDS)

    A credit default swap (CDS) is a contract that protects against losses resulting from credit defaults.