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Credit Default Swaps on AMR Corporation: Cash or Credit?
Matos, Pedro; Lee, Peter Case F-1745 / Published March 9, 2016 / 7 pages.
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This case puts the students in the shoes of Jeff Thomas, a high-yield credit research analyst for a hedge fund. Thomas' portfolio manager has asked him to come up with a potential trade idea for AMR Corporation (the parent company of American Airlines) using a credit default swap (CDS). Thomas wanted to gauge whether the CDS spread prevailing in the market was too high or too low relative to AMR's credit outlook. He was going to use both structural and reduced form CDS pricing models and compare them against the prevailing CDS spreads in the market. More importantly, Thomas needed to come up with a trade recommendation.



Learning Objectives

This case is meant to provide a realistic example of why one would consider executing a single-name credit default swap, as well as the mechanics behind pricing these securities.


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  • Overview

    This case puts the students in the shoes of Jeff Thomas, a high-yield credit research analyst for a hedge fund. Thomas' portfolio manager has asked him to come up with a potential trade idea for AMR Corporation (the parent company of American Airlines) using a credit default swap (CDS). Thomas wanted to gauge whether the CDS spread prevailing in the market was too high or too low relative to AMR's credit outlook. He was going to use both structural and reduced form CDS pricing models and compare them against the prevailing CDS spreads in the market. More importantly, Thomas needed to come up with a trade recommendation.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    This case is meant to provide a realistic example of why one would consider executing a single-name credit default swap, as well as the mechanics behind pricing these securities.