A Daring Trade Has Wall Street Seething – WSJ.com

Extraordinary. Long-ish story short is: Some big banks pay 90% of this face value for credit-default-swaps (insurance) on a mortgage-backed-security they think is going to default (but they don’t own). Their counterparty (insurer) pays off the loans in the MBS and doesn’t have to pay the swap. Pockets the premiums (which were big) minus the […]