Non-Dealer users of RFRs: The need for term rates

Over the last year it has become obvious that Libor will not have a long-term future; so why are market participants still writing derivative and loan deals as well as issuing bonds linked to Libor?
Liquidity in markets linked to new benchmarks is gradually increasing but still falls short of dominating Libor-based product.

LIBOR Basis Swaps

For the first time, basis trading reported to the SDRs has topped $1trn in a single month. Similarly, global basis trading has now topped $2trn cleared at LCH SwapClear in a single month. We see that average maturity of basis trades varies according to the indices being traded. Activity in 30y and 50y basis trading […]

RFRs – ISDA announce LIBOR fallback methodology

ISDA have announced a preliminary methodology for Libor fallbacks. This will be the RFR plus a historical spread. This announcement could have a pronounced impact on basis trading. Elsewhere, we have seen continued SOFR trading and the results of the BoE Term Sonia consultation. CLARUS01 already replicates this LIBOR fallback methodology. Risk Free Rates Everywhere […]

RFRs – OIS trades are getting longer!

OIS trading is seeing increasing activity in longer tenors in both USD and GBP. We look at tenor data out of LCH SwapClear to present the volumes in DV01 terms. We find that the amount of long-dated risk traded in 2018 is 2-3 times higher than in 2017. Our series on Risk Free Rates, looking […]

ISDA SIMM 2.1 – Are You Ready for Implementation?

ISDA SIMM 2.1 is effective December 1, 2018 Updated with a full re-calibration and industry backtesting Initial Margin will change for all counterparty portfolios Our Customers can check the impact leading up to the effective date And can be confident on implementing SIMM 2.1 on time If you are interested in joining them, we offer free […]

Swaps Data: Cleared vs Non-Cleared Margin

My monthly Swaps Review in Risk Magazine looks at: Initial margin for non-cleared OTC derivatives Initial margin for cleared OTC derivatives Growth rates in each of these Multilateral netting benefits Increasing Clearing Please click here for free access to the full article on Risk.net.

SA-CCR for US Banks

The US is introducing SA-CCR to calculate derivatives exposures in 2020. We look at the consultation. We compare add-ons under SA-CCR and the old CEM methodologies. Clarus offer FREE TRIALS of SA-CCR for Excel. SA-CCR Consultation The Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC have launched a joint consultation on SA-CCR, the Standardised Approach to Counterparty Credit […]

15 Million ISINs and Growing

I last looked into ISINs for Derivatives in my article on MiFID II – Why ISINs for OTC Derivatives are Bad for Transparency, so as we approach the end of year let’s check on what has been happening on this. ANNA-DSB The ANNA Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB) website now provides a lot of interesting information, […]

Oct 2018 Swaps Review in 15 Charts

Today I will look at Swaps volumes in the most recent 3 months using the format of my Nov 2017 Swaps Review article. SDR USD IRS price-forming volumes are up 10% USD IRS On SEF Compression volumes are up 50% USD OIS volumes are up 35% EUR, GBP, JPY IRS On SEF Compression volumes at record highs SEF D2C SEF volume growing 42% […]

SOFR Swaps – Block Trades and Fannie Mae Issuance

We have seen the first SOFR block trade in significant size. Fannie Mae have issued another $5bn of SOFR linked debt this month. SOFR Swaps Are Trading More Frequently Thanks to our SDR Alerts, I get an email every time SOFR or SOFR Basis trades. Over the month of October 2018, the frequency of these emails […]