Cross Currency Volumes head to the moon!

I keep a close eye on what is going on in Cross Currency Swaps, but somehow I missed quite how significant the past few quarters have been in terms of volumes traded. Let’s take a look. All-Time Record Volumes Taking a look in SDRView shows significant volumes in EURUSD and GBPUSD during 2022: The chart […]

The Endgame for Basis Swaps?

Interest Rate Basis Swaps can be categorised into two distinct types, with floating sides/legs which reference either: Distinct reference indices e.g. USD Libor 3M vs Fedfunds, or Tenor Basis e.g. USD Libor 3M vs 6M Basis Swaps are used to hedge or trade the basis spread between the reference indices or Libor tenors and are […]

The latest on RFR Adoption

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator recorded another all-time high of 46.4% in June 2022. SOFR adoption was at 49.7% of the market. 23.8% of EUR risk traded versus €STR, a new all time high. June 2022 saw the largest notional ever traded in RFRs, at $86.5Trn. The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator for June 2022 has now been published. […]

2Q22 CCP Volumes and Market Share in IRD

Clarus CCPView has daily volume and open interest data published by each CCP, which is filtered, normalised and aggregated to allow meaningful comparisons of volumes. Today we look at 2Q22 Volume and market share in IRD for: USD Swaps (LIBOR, OIS, SOFR) EUR Swaps (EURIBOR, OIS, €STR) GBP Swaps (LIBOR, SONIA) JPY Swaps (IBOR, TONA) AUD Swaps (BBSW, […]

2Q22 CCP Volumes and Share in CRD

A review of Credit Derivatives (CRD) volumes and market share at Clearing Houses (CCPs) in 2Q 2022. Index, Single-name and Swaptions Volumes lower in 2Q than 1Q but massively higher than 2Q 2021 USD CDX volumes up 100% in 2Q 2022 than 2Q 2021 ICE Clear Credit with 97.2% share of volume in USD CDX […]

Are Inflation Expectations Becoming Entrenched? The Data.

With inflation front and centre of everyone’s mind, let’s test a simple hypothesis. If inflation expectations are becoming entrenched – i.e. people expect inflation to be elevated for a longer period – is there evidence of this in trading activity? What evidence might we see? There are two potential signals: More trading activity in Inflation […]

What’s New in CCP Quant Disclosures – 1Q22?

Clearing Houses have published their latest CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures: Initial margin for ETD at $571 billion is up 12% QoQ and 29% YoY Initial margin for IRS at $269 billion is up 3% QoQ and 7% YoY Initial margin for CDS at $66 billion is up 10% QoQ and 10% YoY LME Disclosures provide insight into the Nickel crisis Other CCP disclosures with record highs Background […]

SOFR is now over half the market

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator jumped to a new all-time high of 46.0% in May 2022. SOFR adoption cracked 50% (just!) of the market. 21.8% of EUR risk traded versus €STR, dipping slightly from last month’s all time high. We look at SEF activity in SOFR. The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator for May 2022 has now been published. […]

Mechanics and Definitions of SA-CCR (Part 3)

Please note: this is Part Three of a series. Part one of the story for SACCR provided critical background regarding key terms and concepts. Part Two covered the Maturity Factor and how different CSAs and/or treatments of derivatives impact SACCR calculations. We now need to look at how the SACCR calculations unfold in terms of netting. […]