Cost of underwriting Venezuela's debt rises after gubernatorial election
Insurance to protect the creditors of Venezuelan sovereign bonds increased on Monday after the favorable results for pro-government candidates in the election of Sunday, December 16
Credit default swaps (CDS) had dropped since President Chávez appointed a successor on December 8. The action raised the expectations about his stepping down after 14 years in office, Reuters cited.
Nevertheless, on Monday the CDS of the five-year debt bonds climbed 28 base points to 647 base points, according to Markit, a leading, global financial information services company.
Additionally, Venezuela's benchmark bond, maturing in 2007, shed 1.5 cents to USD 99.8.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.