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Credit risk definition

Credit risk refers to the risk of loss that occurs when a counterparty fails to fulfil its obligations under a financial contract. Credit risk is present in various financial markets, including the stock market, the bond market, and the derivatives market. It is a key consideration when evaluating the overall risk profile of an investment or trading strategy.

Credit risk in trading

In stock trading, credit risk can arise when a company defaults on its debts, leading to a decline in the stock value. In bond investing, credit risk can arise when the bond issuer defaults on its payments. Finally, in derivatives trading, credit risk can arise when the counterparty in a transaction fails to meet its financial obligations to the other party.

How to manage credit risk when trading

Credit risk cannot be eliminated when trading, but it can be managed.

Perform due diligence: Traders can do thorough research and assess the credit rating of the counterparty or issuer of the financial instrument. They can also keep a close eye on market conditions by staying up to date with news sources, economic reports, and financial reports.

Use collateral: Traders can require their counterparty to post collateral in the form of cash, securities, or other assets when making a trade to cover credit risk. A popular form of collateralisation is having margin requirements on positions.

Diversification: Traders can diversify their portfolios across different financial instrument issuers and asset classes to reduce the risk of total loss in case of a single default.

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