The recent nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sent shockwaves through the credit default swap market. The subsequent collapse of Lehman Brothers and the nationalization of AIG have caused further turmoil within the industry. The sheer size of the market means that any credit risk failings have the potential to dwarf the sub-prime crisis, with dramatic consequences for all markets.
In a landmark move, China has taken a step closer to a liberalized financial market by approving a trial launch of stock index futures, margin lending and short selling. These changes in China's notoriously strict regulations allow greater flexibility for investors and financial services companies to gain from the developments of the world's fastest growing major economy.
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