ISDA SIMM – What changes in v2.5?

ISDA SIMM v2.5 is effective December 3, 2022 Updated with a full re-calibration and industry backtesting Meaning Initial Margin will change for most portfolios In particular, material increases for Commodity and Credit risks To quantify the actual impact of SIMM v2.5 Clarus CHARM can run both SIMM v2.5 and v2.4 on your portfolios And do so before go-live, to […]

The GBP Financial Meltdown – what is still trading?

GBP markets are exceptionally volatile at the moment. We look at transparency data and find that derivatives markets are continuing to function. September 2022 will likely see the largest notional volumes traded this year. We cannot say for sure that will be the case for the amount of DV01 transacted. We consider what this means […]

What’s New in CCP Quant Disclosures – 2Q22?

Clearing Houses have published their latest CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures: Initial margin for ETD at $528 billion is down 7% QoQ and up 19% YoY Initial margin for IRS at $280 billion is up 4% QoQ and 8% YoY, to hit a record high Initial margin for CDS at $76 billion is up 15% QoQ and 31% YoY LME Disclosures that increase in the latest quarter are […]

RFRs are now half of the market

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator has now climbed above 50% for the first time. In August 2022 it hit a new all-time high at 51.1%. SOFR adoption increased to a new all-time high, at 57.2%.  GBP and CHF continue to see nearly 100% of risk traded as RFRs. €STR trading slipped (again) to 19.3%, the […]

What is new in GBP Swap Markets?

We look at vanilla swaps, inflation swaps and futures. Some markets have seen volumes reduce by over 50%. Whilst others recorded all-time record volumes in August 2022. What is driving such different outcomes across a single derivatives market? With Liz Truss the newly anointed Prime Minister, the FT had an interesting take on UK markets […]

Microservices to monitor new Inflation data

Here on the Clarus blog, we anticipated that LIBOR cessation in GBP, JPY and CHF would usher in simpler markets and “easier” trading this year. Less indices, less basis, fewer restructuring requests. Heaven forbid, fewer blogs even! However, 2022 has seen two big market themes step up that have provided plenty to write about – […]

CDS Volumes now $6.6Trn higher than last year

Credit Derivative volumes have been huge in 2022. YTD volume data shows that 2022 will likely see all-time record volumes. Volumes are already $6.6Trn larger than at the same point in 2021. We analyse the Cleared market in Index and Single Name CDS. SBSDRView reveals the most active names across uncleared and cleared CDS. We’ve […]

SOFR Futures are now bigger than Eurodollars

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator retained its all-time high of 46.4% in July 2022. SOFR adoption hit a new record at 51.7% of the market. 20.3% of EUR risk traded versus €STR, below last month’s all-time high. July 2022 was a relatively quiet month for trading activity, with the total risk traded falling by ~25% from last […]