Best Practices for Variation Margin

No one wants to be called in default by a CCP during stressed markets as a result of operational complexity/failures – much as ICE & Citi stated regarding March 2020: So today I follow up on our Clarus blogs (and podcast!) regarding members requirements at CCPs. For example, you can take a look at the […]

2023 SEF Volumes and Share in SOFR Swaps

Background In May 2023, I published a blog on IDB Market Share in SOFR Swaps, which used data we collect, filter and enhance in pur SDRView product. The blog looked at the type of SOFR Swaps that trade on Inter-Dealer Broker (IDB) SEF venues, also referred to as Dealer-to-Dealer (D2D venues); namely Spreadovers, Curves and […]

Could “enshittification” happen in derivatives markets?

*Disclaimer – this is a tongue-in-cheek consideration of third-order risks in our markets. Hope you enjoy. For those who missed it, the FT introduced us to “enshittification” last week, and the article has no doubt made the rounds of trading floors ever since: https://www.ft.com/content/6fb1602d-a08b-4a8c-bac0-047b7d64aba5 Why are we choosing to talk about it on the Clarus […]

EUR Futures Latest – Still a 3 Way Battle

We turn our data lens back to Europe for this blog to look at how the market shares of CME, Eurex and ICE are evolving across EUR futures. Last time out, I noted that Eurex had kick-started their EURIBOR volumes. Let’s look at the data since then. Market Share in EURIBOR Futures CCPView reveals a […]

USD Rates Overview in 2024

We have previously noted that EUR Rates are now larger than USD Rates in terms of notional traded across OTC swaps (see here and here). This change has arisen because EUR has continued in a multi-rate environment – both €STR and EURIBOR swaps still trade, whilst USD has largely moved to SOFR, with Fed Funds […]

RFR Adoption Review 2023

Now seems like the right time to call an end to the regular series of blogs that we have been writing about the ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator. Consider today’s blog your “cut-out and keep” guide to one of the biggest changes the derivatives industry has ever witnessed. A Brief History The Indicator was first published […]