Credit protection - Seems cheap to me

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by stock777, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. " Lehman's cost of five-year credit protection for $10 million of bonds was at $87,500 Friday, compared with $100,000 a day earlier. Credit protection on Merrill Lynch & Co. (MER) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), however, traded wider Friday at $87,500 a year, compared with around $80,000 a day earlier. "

    So I get 5 years of protection for a stinking 100k?

    The bonds kick out 500k a year interest.

    Seems mighty cheap to me if I have this right. If thats the right figure and the protection is good, who cares if it ticks up 10 or 20 k, thats almost nothing.

    Anyone know the scoop?
  2. sjfan


    (1) the Lehman bond isn't trading at par.

    (2) if you buy the bond and buy the protection (known as a negative basis package), you are going to only earn a hair above LIBOR.