GFI Makes CDS-Linked Equity Research Offering

Feb 1 2007 | 12:58pm ET

GFI Group, an inter-dealer broker specializing in over-the-counter derivatives products and related securities, is offering equity research with a twist to U.S.-based hedge funds, mutual funds and other institutional money managers.

The group’s research examines the relationship between equity and credit markets and combines real-time credit default swap information with fundamental and technical analysis to provide recommendations on specific securities.

"The feedback has been extremely positive, exceeding our expectations, and we are already sending information daily to more than 100 portfolio managers," said Gary Kelly, GFI’s head of research. “CDS is a vital indicator of equity price movement because fluctuating CDS spreads provide a dynamic and real-time view of underlying company risk.”

Credit derivatives are the fastest growing derivative market and credit default swaps have a total of $26 trillion in outstanding contracts, according to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

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