More derivatives dealers are trying to jump-start the market for credit derivatives by offering potential customers free credit risk measurement tools.

Credit Suisse First Boston's derivatives group last week became the latest to offer an on-line a credit risk management system, and several other major trading banks, including CIBC Wood Gundy, are expected to offer their own credit risk measurement wares soon. J.P. Morgan & Co. made available its own system six months ago.

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