CORRA First in CAD Markets

I first wrote about benchmark reform in Canada in 2019: Since then, we have had the announcement that CDOR will cease in 2024: As with all good benchmark stories, the announcement of cessation sets the ball-rolling on a number of fronts: CORRA First Luckily, we have a well-thumbed playbook to refer to now, and the […]

RFR Adoption – Is This Groundhog Day?

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator for November 2022 has now been published. Showing; Is History Repeating? Groundhog Day appears to be a traditional film that isn’t actually set at Christmas but is associated with this time of year. RFR Adoption is somewhat similar – in the run up to the end of 2021, it was all […]

The Latest in Aussie and Kiwi Swap Markets

The end of the year is a traditional time to reminisce. In that spirit, I remember writing my first blog on AUD swap markets from the back of a camper van on the West coast of Oz, after surfing in Yallingup. That experience now feels like a lifetime ago for me personally. Having recently returned […]

NDF Clearing – What’s New in 2022?

There is now over a $1Trn of cleared NDFs traded every month in 2022. March and September 2022 were particularly notable volume months. This is against a backdrop whereby the uncleared NDF market has not really grown. BIS data suggests that over 16% of total NDFs are now cleared across the whole market. This is […]

What’s New in Term SOFR?

In April, Amir gave a timely update on Term SOFR. In case you missed it: And the calls from the industry to make Term SOFR a more widely traded derivative have only become louder since, with the latest Risk.net article particularly worth a read: It’s a great article, but it does not update readers on […]

GBP Swaps variation margin in a financial crisis

We covered the significant increase in initial margin for cleared GBP Swaps in two recent blogs; How Kwasi Kwarteng has increased your IM and Rishi Sunak and the impact on GBP Swaps IM. In the first of those blogs, Chris added a brief section towards the end on variation margin and I wanted to take […]

A New Plateau in RFR Adoption?

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator was 51.3% last month. This is the third consecutive month that it has remained around 51%. SOFR adoption hit a new all-time of 58.1%.  €STR adoption remains volatile. Trading activity across all markets was lower than last month. The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator for October 2022 has now been published. Showing; […]

Have you seen the BIS Triennial Survey 2022?

Trading shrank by about 20% to $5.2Trn per day in Interest Rate Derivatives from April 2019 to 2022. Transition to RFRs has resulted in a $1.4Trn reduction in daily activity in FRAs alone, explaining much of the decline. The BIS survey occurred when markets were likely experiencing a degree of heightened activity, although Clarus data […]

Have You Listened to our new Podcast yet?

The first Clarus podcast is out – please take a listen! Podcasting You may have noticed that we’ve had reason to celebrate a few milestones on the blog over the past year: 1,000 blogs on Clarus 400 blogs for both Chris and Amir With the blog continuing to be well received and well read (even […]