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February 5, 2014
Interest Rates Derivatives: A Progress Report on Clearing and Compression
How much of the OTC derivatives market is cleared? How much remains to be cleared? What is the composition of the non-cleared segment of the market? Significant changes in the OTC derivatives market in recent years are altering its size and composition. Central clearing, for example, increases notional amounts outstanding, as one bilateral trade becomes two cleared transactions. Compression of both bilateral and cleared trades, on the other hand, reduces notional outstanding. New requirements related to margin for non-cleared trades may drive users of these instruments to cleared products or to other alternatives. Given these dynamics, ISDA conducted an analysis of the interest rate derivatives (IRD) market.
January 30, 2014
Adverse Liquidity Effects of the EU Uncovered Sovereign CDS Ban
On November 1, 2012, the provisions of the EU regulation which bans uncovered short-selling of sovereign (single name) CDS came into effect. Market participants who wish to establish a permitted SCDS position must now hold offsetting risk, such as the underlying sovereign bond. This change raised concerns about the impact on portfolio hedging, the potential for a reduction in SCDS liquidity and the implications of a reduction in the ECB’s bond-buying program. In this report, ISDA examines the liquidity impact of the regulation one year after implementation. Findings reveal that EU-regulated SCDS and sovereign indices experienced sharp volume and trade count declines. Additionally, proxy hedges were found to become less effective due to a correlation breakdown with European SCDS.
January 21, 2014
Cross-Border Fragmentation of Global OTC Derivatives: An Empirical Analysis
In December 2013, ISDA published "Footnote 88 and Market Fragmentation: An ISDA Survey" (see December 18, 2013 on this page). The Survey’s findings revealed that the October 2, 2013 effective date for Swap Execution Facility (SEF) compliance, the definition of a US person and the Footnote 88 interpretation are clearly having a disruptive impact on OTC derivative trading volumes. Market participants reported that cross-border liquidity has fragmented along US person and non-US person lines. In January, ISDA completed this new analysis that builds on our earlier work and aims to empirically characterize the composition of and changes to cross-border pools of liquidity following the October implementation date. To accomplish this, we use monthly 2013 clearing and reporting data for US dollar and Euro interest rate swaps (IRS) for our use-case.
December 18, 2013
Footnote 88 and Market Fragmentation: An ISDA Survey
Earlier this year, the CFTC required that swap execution facilities (SEFs) with temporary SEF registration status come into full compliance with all applicable SEF rules beginning on October 2, 2013. Originally, those rules were thought to apply only to transactions that would be required to trade on a SEF. However, the language of the rule\'s Footnote 88 implies that rules would apply to any transaction the SEF offered, whether or not that transaction is mandated to trade on a SEF. These concerns prompted ISDA to conduct a SEF Market Fragmentation Survey to obtain a clear picture of potential market disruption or fragmentation resulting from SEF rule implementation. This Research Note examines the results of that survey.
October 1, 2013
CDS Market Summary: Market Risk Transaction Activity
This edition of ISDA Research Notes analyzes the data on the CDS market and provides insights on recent levels of activity. A good way to understand CDS market dynamics is by looking at trading activity in the market, as opposed to transactions outstanding at a point in time. The DTCC measures market risk transaction activity which refers to the volume of trading (using both transaction counts and notional amounts traded) related to new transactions that affect market risk. It provides a view into current levels of new market activity and enables comparisons of such activity between periods.
June 13, 2011
A Note on the Impossibility of Correctly Calibrating the Current Exposure Method for Large OTC Derivatives Portfolios
The Basel Committee permits firms to use a variety of methods to calculate regulatory capital on counterparty risk, including a simple approach – the constant exposure method or CEM – and a more sophisticated models-based approach known as EPE for expected positive exposure.
November 1, 2010
Concentration of OTC Derivatives among Major Dealers
(Number 4, 2010)
September 22, 2010
The Economic Role of Speculation
(Number 2, 2010) Research Note / Press Release
September 22, 2010
The Value of a New Swap
(Number 3, 2010) Research Note / Press Release
February 1, 2010
The Importance of Close-Out Netting
(Number 1, 2010)