CDS Contract. In a credit default swap one party (the protection seller) agrees to compensate another party (the protection buyer) if a specified company or Sovereign (the reference entity) experiences a credit event, indicating it is or may be unable to service its debts. The protection seller is typically paid a fee and/or premium, expressed as an annualized percent of the notional in basis points, regularly over the life of the transaction or otherwise as agreed by the parties.
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Earlier draft definition: A swap instrument in which one party underwrites the risk of credit default of the other party or of an identified third party.
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