Gina-Gail Fletcher on Engineered Credit-Default Swaps

Gina-Gail Fletcher, associate professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, joins the Business Scholarship Podcast to discuss her forthcoming article Engineered Credit Default Swaps: Innovative or Manipulative?. Fletcher’s article examines the phenomenon of engineered credit-default-swap transactions. In these transactions, CDS buyers or sellers induce borrowers either to default or avoid default on debt referenced by CDS contracts, thus allowing them to directly affect the values of the contracts. Fletcher considers the costs and benefits of this controversial practice and sketches possible regulatory and market responses to it.