RFR Trading November 2020

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator has been published for October 2020. The headlines are: The RFR Adoption Indicator was 8.3%, a decline from the previous month (which saw an all-time high). This is the fourth highest reading on record. 5.6% of all USD risk was traded in SOFR vs 9.7% last month, reflecting the impact of the CCP discounting change. The switch to […]

GSIBs in 2020

The same 30 banks as in 2019 have been defined as GSIBs in 2020. JP Morgan, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs have all managed to move into lower tiers, requiring less capital. We look at the data behind the GSIB indicators using GSIBView, our latest data offering. Optimisation of the GSIB metrics is evident in […]

Will anyone trade LIBOR after 2021?

US regulators have announced that banks should cease entering into any new contracts referencing USD LIBOR from 31st December 2021. This is consistent with the announcement last week from the UK regulators, who pointed out that LIBOR fixings may be published after end-2021 but that no new business could be written against them. These announcements […]

Margin Calls Q2 2020

Public disclosures from CCPs reveal the maximum variation margin (VM) called each quarter. In the quarter to June 2020, VM has stayed at elevated levels compared to 2019. VM is running about 34% higher than Q4 2019 and 66% higher than this time last year. Funding daily VM puts complex demands on the industry. Understanding […]

Anonymous Trading on SEFs

The 1st November 2020 heralded a fundamental change in swaps markets. SEFs executing trades in specific products were no longer permitted to disclose the identities of the counterparties (to each other) after the trade: At the moment, this rule only applies to MAT swaps – i.e. those products subjected to the execution mandate and required […]

SOFR Swaps on SEFs

Last week I looked at Swap Volumes in October 2020 and focused primarily on SOFR Swaps and Futures at Clearing Houses, so this week I am going to look at Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs). D2D SEFs Let’s start by using SEFView to look at D2D SEFs, where the main product is SOFR v FedFunds Basis […]

ISDA-Clarus RFR Indicator: SOFR, So Good

The ISDA-Clarus RFR Adoption Indicator has been published for October 2020. The headlines are: The RFR Adoption Indicator hit 11.6%, a new all time high. This was up from 10.5% the prior month. 9.7% of all USD risk was traded in SOFR vs 5.8% last month, reflecting the increase in SOFR activity as a result of the CCP discounting change. […]

Swap Volumes in October 2020

In the transition from LIBOR to SOFR, the recent change by Clearing Houses to discount swaps using a SOFR curve instead of a FedFunds curve has long been trailed as a key milestone for higher volumes in SOFR derivatives. In today’s blog I look at how SOFR Swap volumes did in October 2020. I also […]