Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The cost of insuring corporate bonds from non-payment in Japan dropped, according to credit-default swap traders.
The Markit iTraxx Japan index decreased one basis point to 159 basis points as of 9:41 a.m. in Tokyo, Deutsche Bank AG prices show. The measure declined to 157.4 basis points on Dec. 19, the least since April, according to CMA, which is owned by McGraw-Hill Cos. and compiles prices quoted by dealers in the privately negotiated market.
Markets are closed today in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore for holidays.
Credit-default swap indexes are benchmarks for insuring bonds against default and traders use them to speculate on credit quality. A drop signals improving perceptions of creditworthiness, while an increase suggests the opposite.
The swap contracts pay the buyer face value in exchange for the underlying securities if a borrower fails to meet its debt agreements.
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