Traders at Wilkinson Bennings are advising their institutional clients to take advantage of the reduced costs of insuring against losses on European high-yield bonds.

The tracking index of companies with investment-grade ratings fell 0.23 basis points to 113.97. The cost of protecting against defaults of bank bonds also decreased, with the market indicator showing 27 distinct banks and insurers down 3 at 157 and the sub index at 5 lower at 314.

One basis point change on a credit-default swap contract protecting 10 million Euros of bank debt from default for sixty months is equivalent to one thousand Euros a year.

Credit-default swaps pay the investor face value in exchange for the underlying securities or the cash equivalent should a company fail to comply with its debt agreements. A price reduction signals improvement in the market perceptions of credit quality of the underlying companies.

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