What happened to reduce RFR trading?

March 2021 saw 8.8% of all derivatives risk traded versus an RFR. This reduced from the previous levels around 10%. The pre-cessation announcements last month do not appear to have accelerated RFR Adoption. There was an increase in the amount of IBOR-related activity last month. Overall for Q1 2021, the total amount of RFR activity […]

What’s new in CCP Quant Disclosures – 4Q20?

Clearing Houses just published their CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures, lets look at what’s new: Initial margin for IRS remains close to record highs Initial margin for CDS down 12% from the high Initial margin for ETD down 15% from the high OCC and Eurex OTC IRS the only CCPs with IM QoQ up > 10% ASXCL, ICE Clear NL and ICE Clear SG are new additions to CCPView DTCC […]

Potential challenges of a synthetic LIBOR

Most active market participants were looking forward to the LIBOR cessation or pre-cessation announcement to provide certainty for the end of LIBOR. This was provided by FCA on 5th March 2021 as a pre-cessation or ‘loss of representativeness’ announcement which triggered many contracts to move to the fallbacks at a future date. However, another component […]