Term Risk Free Rates from FX Forwards

The case for a Term Risk Free Rate (TRFR) to support the transition of cash instruments and products has been made by BoE and US ARRC over the past year. The TRFR is defined as a rate known in advance (similar to the current Libors) but based on RFRs in the relevant currency.
But the issue of how to construct an IOSCO-compliant TRFR has been a challenge for market participants and benchmark administrators.

USD SOFR Volumes June 2019

SOFR traded notional hit $50bn in monthly notional for the first time. We take a look at the details of some of the block trades that drove this notional higher. LCH data shows that the amount of risk traded has been between $4m and $10m DV01 during May and June. We show how our data […]

SEK STIBOR Reform

The Swedish Banker’s Association is looking to introduce an Alternative Reference Rate for SEK markets. At the moment, STIBOR is the underlying index for SEK swaps. There are on-going consultations to introduce a Risk Free Rate in Swedish markets. We take a look at the details. SEK Markets Today As it stands today, there are […]

Cloud Security – What you need to consider

In this article we look at cloud security.  With all the hype around Cloud, it’s easy to make assumptions as to what it can do, but security is an area where making assumptions can prove very costly, both financially and reputationally.  This blog will look at the cloud security model, security features offered by cloud […]

Giancarlo looks to rescind CFTC Cross-border overreach

Following on from his Cross Border Swaps Regulation 2.0 whitepaper from last October, CFTC Chairman Giancarlo gave some updates in his speech at the recent FIA IDX in London .   He is leaving the SEF cross-border proposals to be turned into proposed rules and voted on by his successor as Chairman – Heath Tarbert.   On […]

Types of Cloud – A Primer on the Choices and Challenges

Cloud is now ubiquitous, but not all clouds are the same.  In this blog we will look at the different types of cloud – Private, Public, Hybrid and Multi-Cloud, and think about their suitability and use in financial organisations. Private Cloud Private clouds are facilities created for a single organisation: they may be provided as […]

CCP Default Management Auctions

The Default at Nasdaq Clearing has re-invigorated industry discussions on default management practices and we are now seeing the fruits of these labours. For example CCP12 recently published a CCP Best Practices Paper and LCH published Best Practices in CCP Risk Management. Today I will look at the BIS CPMI-IOSCO “Discussion paper on central counterparty […]

LIBOR Fallbacks and Uncleared Margin Rules

LIBOR fallbacks and Uncleared Margin Rules are hot topics across the industry. We highlight the Basel guidance that any amendments to LIBOR contracts as a result of Benchmark reform will not trigger the need to post margin. This is important guidance to ensure the uptake of new RFRs is simple. Two of our big blog […]