Credit Derivatives, Revised Edition

George Chacko / Anders Sjöman / Hideto Motohashi / Vincent Dessain  
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December 2015
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Now, there’s a completely up-to-date guide on credit derivatives that’s ideal for all working financial professionals and students entering the field. Credit Derivatives, Second Edition has been fully updated to explain today’s credit risk markets clearly and simply, in language any practitioner or advanced business student can understand. The authors begin by explaining the underlying principles surrounding credit risk. Next, they systematically present today's leading methods and instruments for managing it. The authors introduce total return swaps, credit spread options, credit linked notes, and other instruments, demonstrating how each of them can be used to isolate risk and sell it to someone willing to accept it. The authors, including leading practitioner George Chacko, have updated all content throughout to reflect today’s instruments, rules, and practices. 


The only up-to-date guide to credit derivatives for real-world practitioners and students 

  • Now fully updated to reflect today’s instruments, rules, and practices
  • Explains today’s credit risk markets clearly and simply: ideal for working professionals who may not have direct experience with these markets
  • Covers credit risk modeling, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, and more

Table of Contents

Part I: What Is Credit Risk?   1
1 Introduction 3
2 About Credit Risk 9
Part II: Credit Risk Modeling   61
3 Modeling Credit Risk: Structural Approach   63
4 Modeling Credit Risk: Alternative Approaches   123
Part III: Typical Credit Derivatives   149
5 Credit Default Swaps 151
6 Collateralized Debt Obligations   197
7 Applications of Credit Derivatives and Financial Engineering   255
Index    283

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  • Simple, yet rigorous explanations: no credit derivatives experience necessary
  • Covers principles, models, techniques, and widely used credit instruments, including CDSs and CDOs
  • Now includes detailed coverage of solving business problems with credit-sensitive instruments

Today’s credit risk market is immense—and immensely important, attracting everyone from hedge funds to banks and insurers. Today, corporate finance professionals must understand credit risk, both to manage risk in their own organizations and to consult with their clients. Most books in the field, however, are either too academic, or assume extensive experience. Credit Derivatives, Revised Edition, fills the gap, explaining the credit risk market clearly and simply, in language any working financial professional can understand.


The authors first explain the underlying principles of credit, and the various risks associated with extending loans and other types of credit. Next, they systematically present today’s leading methods and instruments for managing credit risk. You’ll learn how models can be used to gauge credit risk, and how credit derivatives can be used to isolate the risk and sell it to someone willing to accept it.


The authors introduce several of these credit derivatives—such as total return swaps, credit spread options, and credit linked notes—and devote two chapters to CDSs and CDOs, some of the market’s most widely used credit instruments. They conclude with a brand-new chapter on using credit-sensitive instruments to solve problems in industries ranging from utilities to biotech to insurance.


George C. Chacko is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Finance Department at Santa Clara University. Professor Chacko’s research has focused on three areas: (1) transaction costs and liquidity risk in capital markets, particularly in the fixed income markets; (2) portfolio construction by institutions and individuals; and (3) the analysis and application of derivative securities. He was formerly an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) in the Finance Department. On the commercial side, he is currently a Partner with HNC Advisors. He was formerly a Chief Investment Officer at Auda Alternative Investments, a Managing Director at IFL, and a Managing Director with State Street Bank. Professor Chacko holds a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University and dual master’s degrees in business economics (Harvard University) and business administration (University of Chicago). He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Anders Sjöman is the Head of the Communications Department at the Centre for Business History in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also served as a Vice President of Communications at Voddler and a senior researcher for Harvard Business School at its Paris-based Europe Research Center. Prior, Mr. Sjö man worked five years in Boston for as Director of Production. A M.Sc. graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics in his native Sweden, and initially specialized in information management and international business, Mr. Sjö man speaks Swedish, English, French, and Spanish.


Hideto Motohashi is a senior manager at NTT DoCoMo. He has held several positions at NTT during his career. He was manager in the Financial System Division at NTT COMWARE Corporation, where he helped financial institutions with their risk management systems. His experience at NTT COMWARE also includes systems analysis for the financial and telecommunications industries. He was also a Vice President of Strategic Finance and Financial Planning at Tata Teleservices. Mr. Motohashi completed the Advanced Study Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a fellow. He holds a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Keio University, Japan.


Vincent Dessain was appointed executive director of the Europe Research Center for Harvard Business School, based in Paris, in November 2001. The center works with HBS faculty members on research and course development projects across the European continent. Prior, he was senior director of corporate relationships at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and on the school’s board of directors. Mr. Dessain has been active as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York and Paris in the financial services field. His field of consulting was international market entry strategies, financial products, strategy, negotiation and implementation of cross-border alliances, financial restructuring, mergers, and acquisitions. He has also been active as a foreign associate with the law firm Shearman & Sterling in New York in banking and finance and as an advisor to the president of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. A speaker of five European languages (French, English, German, Dutch, and Italian), Mr. Dessain holds a law degree from Leuven University (Belgium), a business administration degree from Louvain University (Belgium), and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Dessain is an avid mountain climber, marathon runner, and tennis player, and will not miss a good art exhibition.