CCP Basis and Volume in Major Currencies

Almost a year has passed since we last looked in detail at CCP Basis, which just goes to show how normal and accepted this has become in the market. Since the shock emergence of the CME-LCH Basis Spread in June 2014, we have seen regular trading of CME-LCH Switch trades to manage the CCP Basis […]

SOFR – What you need to know

Major markets across our industry are looking to transition (some) liquidity away from Libor-based products and towards Risk Free Rates. We’ve variously looked at Libor Reform, Euribor, SONIA and SARON but so far have not done a deep dive into new RFRs in the US. SOFR – What is it? As we reported in our […]

Swaps Data: The Allure of Liquidity

My monthly Swaps Review in Risk Magazine looks at execution venue market share in 1Q 2018 for: CDS Index NDFs by currency pair FX Options by currency pair Interest Rate Swaps by major currencies Bloomberg MTF for EUR IRS In simple terms, it shows that volume is either dominated by a single venue or split […]

Enterprise Software Vendor to a Cloud Service

I recently joined Clarus Financial Technology after 15 years of working for one of the premier enterprise software companies in capital markets. My first month has been an eye-opening experience in the stark difference in how cloud vendors operate and what this means for employees and customers. Below is a short summary of what I […]

Mar 2018 SEF Market Share Statistics

In this article I will look at Q1 2018 Swap Execution Facility (SEF) market share for Credit, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Derivative asset classes, in a similar format to my 2017 SEF Market Share Statistics. Clarus SEFView has daily volume data published by each SEF, which is filtered, normalised and aggregated to allow meaningful comparison of […]

OIS Volumes – What is the Trend?

We summarise the portion of risk that is traded as OIS across seven major markets. Benchmark reforms around the globe are helping transition trading away from Libor into Risk Free Rates. We can monitor the progression of these reforms by looking at the current state of play in each market. OIS Changes The 1 year […]

USD Libor is changing!

ICE are planning to change the calculation methodology for LIBOR. LIBOR is not currently (April 2018) transaction based – it remains a survey. ICE would like to change this so that it can be based on transactions, but not all Libor tenors see transactions every day. There is therefore a new suggested “waterfall” methodology to […]

Mar 2018 Swaps Review – SDR Data in 9 Charts

Continuing with our Swaps review series, let’s look at volumes in March 2018, focusing just on SDR Data. Summary: USD IRS volumes in 1Q 2018 are 11% higher than 1Q 2017 USD IRS On SEF Compression, a record month in Feb 2018 USD Swap Curve flattened by 12 bps over the month USD OIS volume exceeded the gross notional of USD IRS EUR, GBP, […]