Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Operations
Download brochure The CDS market has been growing rapidly since its introduction in the late 1990s, with the market estimated to be worth in excess of $593 trillion at the end of 2014. With a constantly changing market, companies now find CDS to be a vital instrument in their daily activity. This course is aimed at developing delegates’ knowledge in the secure and controlled processing of credit default swaps within a financial institution. The programme is equally relevant to both the buy-side and sell-side of the industry.

Attending the course will help you:
  • Cover the lifecycle of a CDS transaction
  • Understand the events that can occur during the lifetime of a CDS contract
  • Find out about current initiatives and trends in the processing of CDS transactions

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for staff that are new to the subject of CDS operations, as well as for those that are currently working within a CDS operations function, who require an understanding of the overall lifecycle (and associated events) relating to such transactions. The programme is also suitable for anyone wishing to gain a thorough understanding of CDS processing, including regulators, clearing organisations, risk managers and lawyers.

Attendees of this course should possess a basic understanding of credit derivative products (in particular single name CDS) and debt/fixed income securities. These topics are covered in the Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Pricing, Applications & Features course.

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Programme Recognition

Candidates who attend the Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Operations programme and are CFA Charter Holders qualify for 13 credit hours which can be used towards study with the CFA Institute.

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The course content is divided into several topic areas, which are then broken down into multiple subtopics:

Session 1: Pre-Trading     
  • Legal Documentation: Necessity, Coverage
  • Static Data: Purpose, Importance, Use
  • Assessing Clients' Needs

Session 2: The CDS Trade Lifecycle
  • Trade Execution
  • Trade Capture: Methods & Components
  • Trade Confirmation: Issuers & Receivers, Confirmation Terms
  • Trade Confirmation: Methods, Matching Status

Session 3: Post-Trade Events
  • Settlement of Premium
  • Trade Compression
  • Credit Events
  • End-of-Life

Session 4a: Collateral Management for CDS
  • Collateral: Purpose & Importance
  • Collateral Management Processing Overview

Session 4b: Regulatory & Market-Practice Initiatives/Trend
  • T+0 Trade Processing
  • Centralised Clearing

Please note:

Please bring to the course a normal/standard calculator that is capable of accepting at least 12 digits (e.g. 999,999,999.99); examples of such calculators are the Office Depot AT-814 and the Canon LS-123K.

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ICE Education
5th Floor Milton Gate
60 Chiswell Street
London EC1Y 4SA
United Kingdom

Based at ICE Education London offices: IntercontinentalExchange® (NYSE: ICE), is a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets.

For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to this course.  Delegates will be required to provide photo identification on arrival, to ensure entry.


£950 for members and £1,200 for non-members.

Should you require a hard copy of the course materials, there is a charge for printing off and sending the course materials to the training venue. Please contact a minimum of two weeks before the course start date for further details on this.

Payment can be made by secure online credit card or by invoice.

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Helen Clark

Organisation: Mizuho International PLC London
Job title: Associate

Describe what you do on a day to day basis in your job:
I have worked in the securities industry for many years and have a broad experience of the Bond and Equity markets. I have also worked extensively in Agent Lending.
I currently work in the general settlements area and oversee the Collateral Management section, dealing with daily agreement of collateral and postings resulting from Repo and Derivative trading. I also deal with the settlement and day to day operations process for all Derivative trades.

Reasons for taking the course:

Although I have worked in the securities industry for many years, derivative settlements are quite new to me and I wanted to gain a better understanding of what CDS trades are, and why and how they are traded and calculated, as I always find that understanding the mechanics of trades is very helpful in the settlements process.

Benefits of taking this course:
The course took me through what a CDS trade is and its use in the market and I now understand the underlying mechanics of the instrument from a front and back Office perspective, which will help in my daily role.  We also discussed at length the upcoming regulatory changes in this market and their effects on all firms, which helped me to understand how things will be changing from an operations perspective.

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