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Old 07-21-2008, 11:42 AM   #1
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Most brokers only offer equities, bonds, and mutual funds to trade while a select few seem to offer futures. If I wanted to buy an investment such as a credit default swap, where would I need to go? You hear about these things all the time but are they even available to retail traders like me?

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Most brokers only offer equities, bonds, and mutual funds to trade while a select few seem to offer futures. If I wanted to buy an investment such as a credit default swap, where would I need to go? You hear about these things all the time but are they even available to retail traders like me?

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CDS are very hard if not impossible to buy for individuals. Most of them trade through prime brokerages and come in notional amounts of $5M and larger.
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