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Derivatives

JPMorgan Adds To Swap Index

Three months after launching its high-yield credit-default swap index, dubbed HYDI 100, JPMorgan is offering investors exposure to BB and B rated baskets. The BB tranche offers a fixed 8.625% coupon on a basket of 55 names, while the B-rated tranche offers a fixed 9.875% coupon on 44 names, according to an official at the firm. He added that the move to include the tranches on the index was made to meet investor demand for more targeted risk exposure to the market. He declined further comment.

Traders at rival firms, many of whom use the index, are enthusiastic about the additions. "I think it's great. I've been using the HYDI index for the last few months. This just adds to its appeal because it gives us added risk exposure," said one trader.

The product is correlated to traditional high-yield bond indices and allows clients to both invest and hedge their exposure to the U.S. high-yield market through credit derivatives.

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