Margin Calls During COVID-19

John Maynard Keynes said in the 1930s; The market can stay irrational a lot longer than you can stay solvent. Keynes Since March 2020, the bounce-back in almost all “risky” assets since the nadir of the crisis has been breathtakingly sharp: Motivated by Amir’s blog last week on Initial Margin, I got to wondering how […]

CAD CORRA Futures and Swaps

We last covered CAD Rates Markets and CORRA Reform in Oct-19, so I wanted to look at what’s new and in particular the news that TMX launches CORRA Futures. Background on CORRA The Bank of Canada took over the calculation and publication of the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate (“CORRA”) on June 15, 2020 , subsequent […]

What Is the Total Size of Rates Markets?

Rates markets have grown to stand at over $350tn in monthly volumes. Our data product, CCPView, provides transparency data covering 93% of these global volumes on a daily basis. We benchmark our data versus periodic BIS data below. Data analysis needs to be timely and accurate. Contact us today for a CCPView subscription. During recent […]

US Treasury Market Volumes During COVID

We have started collecting post-trade transparency data for US Treasury trading. I’m sure a lot of market participants have been analysing this data already. Our particular Clarus angle is to compare these UST trading volumes against the rest of the Rates trading landscape – specifically Bond Futures (at CME) and versus cleared Interest Rate Swaps […]

US Treasury Volumes and Market Size

Post-trade transparency in US Treasuries has arrived. CCPView now includes volumes across US Treasuries, Futures and Swaps. This reveals that the true size of the Rates market in the US is $12.5 Trillion per week in notional equivalents for medium and long-dated interest rate products. We can also monitor the split of trading across different […]

CCP Quant Disclosures 4Q19 – Default Resources

4Q 2019 CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures for CCPs have just been published and while we are still focused on the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting market volatility, I thought it would be interesting to see what the data shows as of a Dec 31, 2019, before we had any idea what was coming. So a little different to […]

CCP Quantitative Disclosures 3Q19 – Skin in the Game

Clearing Houses 3Q 2019 CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures are now available, so lets look at what the data shows, similar to my CCP Disclosures 2Q 2019 article. Summary: Initial MarginĀ forĀ IRS is up 17% in the quarter and 45% in a year Each of the four major IRS CCPs increasing IM Client IM is significantly up IM for ETD up […]

Futures and Swaps Volumes and OI in 2019

As we get close to year end, it is time to assess the trends in volumes that we have seen in 2019. Usually we do this by looking at the cleared volume in a period (month/quarter) compared to an earlier period, or the open interest (outstanding notional) at a point in time. Today I will […]

Eurex Swaps and the DekaBank transfer

Last week Eurex put out a press release, DekaBank successfully switches swaps book to Eurex Clearing which was interesting enough to make me want to find out what else I could learn about the switch. The public details are that over 7,000 individual transactions were switched from LCH SwapClear to Eurex Clearing in a single […]

CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures 2Q 2019

Clearing Houses 2Q 2019 CPMI-IOSCO Quantitative Disclosures are now available, so lets look at what the data shows, similar to my CCP Disclosures 1Q 2019 article. Summary: Initial Margin for IRS is up 11% in the quarter and 18% in a year IM for CDS and ETD was flat in the quarter and up 12% in a year […]