Clarus Top Blogs of 2019

For my last blog of the year, I will highlight our top blogs of the year.

Top New Blogs in 2019

Starting with a ranking of the most popular new blogs that we published in 2019.

  1. Mechanics and Definitions of Carry in Swap markets
  2. €STR – What you need to know
  3. Ameribor – The $1.5bn Index that you need to know about
  4. 2018 CCP Market Share Statistics
  5. SACCR vs CEM Comparisons
  6. CME LCH Basis Narrows to Four Year Low
  7. 2018 SEF Market Share Statistics
  8. Four Things to Understand about USD SOFR
  9. NOK Rates – NIBOR and NOWA
  10. SONIA and SOFR Trading and Term Risk Free Rates
  11. USD Swaps Market vs Futures Market Size
  12. Portfolio Conversion of Libor to RFR trades
  13. Ester Term Rates
  14. SOFR and FedFunds Rate Comparisons
  15. Potential Mechanics of Cross Currency Swaps and RFRs

The top four with > 2,000 views each and a total of 30,000 views for these 15.

Carry in Swaps, an important trading topic, but one little written about, in number one spot.

9 of the top 15 blogs are on some aspect of Risk Free Rates (e.g. SOFR, SONIA, €STR) clearly demonstrating how the topic of IBOR transition is hugely important.

If you have not read one of these top 15 blogs or need a refresher, please click on the title above.

Top Blogs in 2019

Next the blogs that we published in earlier years, ranked by their views in the year 2019. These we term “evergreen” as they get views most days, largely from Google search and have become established as prime reference articles for the topic in question.

  1. Mechanics of Cross Currency Swaps
  2. SA-CCR: Standardised Approach to Counterparty Credit Risk
  3. Settle to Market – What You Need to Know about STM
  4. ESTER What You Need to Know
  5. FRTB – The Default Risk Charge
  6. Current Exposure Methodology – What You Need to Know
  7. Mechanics and Definitions of Spread and Butterfly Swaps
  8. The IMM Roll for Swaps – What is It and What are the Volumes?
  9. Principal Component Analysis of the Swap Curve
  10. Capital and RWAs of Top European Banks 2017 to 2018
  11. Cross Currency Basis and Turn of the Year
  12. OIS Swap Nuances
  13. Risk Participation Agreements – What Are They?
  14. Exploring Seasonality in a time-series with R’s ggplot2
  15. FRTB – Internal Models or Standardised Approach
  16. SA-CCR Explaining the Calculations
  17. CME LCH Basis for Dummies
  18. Capital and RWA for Tier 1 US Banks 2Q 2018
  19. ISDA SIMM Excel Calculator
  20. Libor Basis Swaps

The top seven with > 5,000 views, the next five with > 4,000 views, the rest with > 3,000 views each, a cumulative 105,000 views for these 20 blogs.

If you interested in one of these and have not already read or need a refresher, please click on the title above.

The top three in the list stand out; Mechanics of Cross Currency Swaps with 14,000 views, SA-CCR with 11,000 views and Settle to Market with 7,000 views, each with > 5 mins of average time on the page. The cumulative time spent on just these three is a staggering 2,600 hours or 110 days!

Incredible, who would have thought that such topics would prove so popular and be so year after year.

Categories and Topics

Our most active categories were:

In each of these we added at least 8 new blog articles in the year.

These categories reflect not only our own interest but more importantly what our readers find to be of value based on the view statistics data that we collect.

Website Statistics

Traffic on the Clarus website continues to average 20,000 users and 50,000 page views a month.

Key Statistics:

  • We published 116 new blog articles in the year.
  • There are now 845 articles on our website.
  • 100 of these had > 1,000 views in 2019.
  • We had > 900 unique users on 208 unique days in the year,
  • The highest single day with 1,481 users,
  • The highest week with 5,498 users.
  • For the year our website had 565,000 page views,
  • From 330,000 sessions and 195,000 users.
  • The cumulative time spent by all users was 10,000 hours or 400 days.

A phenomenal amount of time.

Final Thoughts

We strive each week to create original content that educates, informs and interests readers.

We hope to continue to do the same in 2020.

It is gratifying that the data shows that so many of you follow the Clarus blog.

We hope you will continue to do so.

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Your support and comments are much appreciated.

It remains for me to wish you all the best for 2020.

Happy New Year.

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