NEW YORK, March 2 Sellers of credit insurance
on General Electric Co's (GE.N) finance arm were asking to be
paid on an upfront basis on Monday, a sign of greater perceived
risk after a rating agency threatened to cut its "triple-A"
Five-year credit default swaps on General Electric Capital
Corp were quoted around 8.5 percent upfront, meaning it would
cost $850,000 in an upfront payment, plus $500,000 in annual
payments to insure $10 million of GE Capital debt, according to
data from Phoenix Partners Group. On Friday, it cost $710,000 a
year to insure $10 million of debt.
Moody's Investors Service on Friday said it may still cut
GE's "triple-A" rating after the conglomerate said it plans to
reduce its dividend by 68 percent, saving about $9 billion a
(Reporting by Dena Aubin, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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