FX NDF Package Transactions

Today, I looked at packages of FX NDF trades on the SDR, expecting to be able to find some basic packages, or even just logical groupings of trades such as: FX NDF Swaps.  These would have a near & far leg, and the price differs by some forward points. Par Forwards.  These are a structure […]

VM Big Bang – Impact on FX Markets

The six month reprieve from UMRs expired 1st September. We look at trading in uncleared markets in the past six months to see if anything changed. The number of uncleared IRS trades has shrunk by 50% as the regulations took hold. Products with no cleared alternatives continue to trade bilaterally. Volumes have continued to be […]

NDF Clearing Update

Little has changed in FX NDF Clearing since our last update in March. From the data, Clearing is now a “business as usual” operation for a significant sector of the market. We further refine our data methodology by introducing an estimate of the errors inherent in our market share metrics. These errors look to be acceptably small, at […]

Examining The Cleared OTC FX Options Market

One of the better known / worst kept secrets in the OTC markets these days is that the largest clearing houses are planning to clear FX Options. Details on this are very thin.  LCH have made a couple announcements over the years with respect to clearing options, and if you look hard enough on the […]

NDF Trading After 1st March

Open Interest of NDFs has set new records recently. Volumes have continued to be elevated compared to 2016. We have not seen a significant change in behaviour since the 1st March VM big bang. Overall, we estimate 15% of the entire market is now cleared. Up to 35% of D2D volumes are being cleared during any […]

NDF Volumes – It’s all about Clearing

Cleared volumes are now a significant portion of the NDF market. The percentage of the NDF market that is cleared has steadily increased every month since September, to now stand at 14%. We estimate that 35% of Dealer-to-Dealer volumes are now cleared as a consequence of the Uncleared Margin Rules. A Brief Recap Our SDRView data products display trades […]

NDF Clearing – what is trading?

We look at the volumes being cleared in NDFs The growth is impressive, with nearly $200bn cleared in September This growth accelerated in the final weeks of September USDINR saw the highest volumes and USDBRL saw the largest growth Tod took a look at NDF clearing as of the 20th September, noting that volumes were really beginning to take-off. […]

Brexit: FX Option and FRA Analysis

With the referendum just around the corner, it would be amiss if we did not update our analysis of EUR/GBP and GBP/USD FX Options ahead of the vote. We also take a look at GBP FRA activity, particularly the FRA switch over the 24th June. EUR/GBP and GBP/USD activity From SDRView Res, we can compare activity since […]