FXD Counterparty Risk Optimization and Q2 2019 Volumes

FX Derivatives (FXD) participants face a tricky choice across a patchwork of clearing and uncleared optimization techniques, trading off funding and capital usage with infrastructure spend and operational risk. In earlier posts, we showed you how FX IM optimization via NDFs and FX Options clearing developed in Q1 2019.  Here I update the volumes for […]

NDF Clearing 2019

We update our analysis on NDF Clearing in 2019. We find that 20% of the overall market is now cleared. NDF volumes in Asian currency pairs have rocketed higher. Clearing volumes have reached somewhat of a plateau. Why? NDF Volume Analysis Finding up-to-date analysis on uncleared OTC derivatives is currently a frustrating job. The last […]

ISDA SIMM FX Optimisation: The Data and Alternatives

In my recent post on the same topic, I outlined how deliverable currency FX NDFs are being used to reduce SIMM FX delta, as opposed to a product traded in the usual sense.  In today’s article I show the data that underpins my view and consider if NDF delta compression will be a permanent feature […]

ISDA SIMM FX Optimisation and NDFs

Since Uncleared Margin Rules started to bite in September 2016, traditional NDFs have shifted markedly to clearing in response to UMR (see NDF Volume Data). Deliverable currency NDFs have also experienced dramatic increases but with much smaller clearing percentages.  Why the low clearing percentages?  Answer: there’s a whole different purpose to these trades. I explain […]

FXOptions Cleared Volumes Up in Q1 2019

FX Options clearing volumes data show a marked jump in Q1 2019 – quadrupling cleared notional outstanding from the end of 2018, unlike IR Swaptions and CDX Swaptions, which show little traction.  In this article I will look into the detail of this jump in FX Option volumes. Options Clearing Overview To recap my prior […]

NDF Volume Data

The challenges in Emerging Markets recently, as well as finding different data sources for NDFs, prompted me to refresh our data on FX markets. Is Clearing still accelerating for NDFs? It looks that way. Clearing accounted for 16% of the total market, even before the recent 30% growth in Cleared volumes. 2018 Q1 and March […]

NDF Clearing February 2018

We update our NDF Clearing Analysis. A minimum of 17% of the market is now cleared. Clearing volume can account for up to 30% of volumes in some currency pairs. Uncleared Margin Rules continue to motivate clearing. All Time Record Volumes Cleared NDF volumes continue to grow at an impressive rate. Since we last looked […]

G10 FX NDF Clearing

CCPView data reveals that NDFs in deliverable major currency pairs are being cleared. Contracts in EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, CHFUSD and USDJPY have been reported. LCH ForexClear have made these available to clear, alongside their more traditional EM currency NDFs. The LCH press release suggests these are being used to optimise bilateral ISDA SIMM margins. Clearing […]

FX Clearing – the $750bn market that keeps growing

LCH ForexClear continues to dominate the cleared NDF market. CME have recently announced that 7 market participants intend to clear NDFs across their service next year. We look at the CME’s existing volumes in FX futures. FX NDF Clearing Update When we last looked at NDF Clearing in June 2017, we saw that LCH were […]

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 […]