Derivatives

Charles River Forms Business Alliance with Cassini Systems to Automate Margin Estimation

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Margin: Tackling Initial Hurdle for Uncleared Swaps

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First it was variation margin. Now it is initial margin for uncleared swap transactions causing compliance, operations and financial technology managers at fund management shops angst. As of September 1, 2019 many fund managers must know whether they meet the threshold for posting initial margin, calculate it correctly and set up the right custodial contracts […]

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Video: How Do Derivatives Help Firms Access Global Markets?

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Derivatives markets have always been global, which has greatly helped companies around the world better manage their risks.

ISDA’s new whiteboard animation video shows how derivatives allow companies to borrow outside their domestic market and hedge that risk efficiently.

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This video is also available on ISDA’s Facebook page.

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Video: How Do Derivatives Help Firms Access Global Markets?

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Derivatives markets have always been global, which has greatly helped companies around the world better manage their risks.

ISDA’s new whiteboard animation video shows how derivatives allow companies to borrow outside their domestic market and hedge that risk efficiently.

If you can’t access the YouTube video above, please click here.

This video is also available on ISDA’s Facebook page.

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Mechanics of FRA Risks

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Managing FRAs and Libor fixings on Swaps is complex. Short-end traders must balance their exposure between the Stub and STIR futures. Stub risk decays with time and changes with LIBOR fixings each day. It must therefore be carefully managed around event risks such as Central Bank meetings. IMM roll dates also result in PnL volatility […]

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Actual Cleared Volumes vs. Mandated Cleared Volumes: Analyzing the US Derivatives Market

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Encouraging the clearing of standardized derivatives has been a major priority for policy-makers. This has primarily been pursued through the implementation of clearing mandates, but other incentives also exist – netting and capital benefits, and the rollout of margining requirements for non-cleared derivatives, for example. As a result, the majority of interest rate derivatives (IRD) traded notional is now cleared.

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Actual Cleared Volumes vs. Mandated Cleared Volumes: Analyzing the US Derivatives Market

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Encouraging the clearing of standardized derivatives has been a major priority for policy-makers. This has primarily been pursued through the implementation of clearing mandates, but other incentives also exist – netting and capital benefits, and the rollout of margining requirements for non-cleared derivatives, for example. As a result, the majority of interest rate derivatives (IRD) traded notional is now cleared.

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Uses of Notional Amount in Derivatives Regulation

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Notional amount outstanding is a widely used metric in the derivatives market, but it is more a measure of traded volume or transaction size and less a measure of risk. A recent research paper published by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) highlights this point, and introduces an alternate metric for the interest rate derivatives market.

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Uses of Notional Amount in Derivatives Regulation

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Notional amount outstanding is a widely used metric in the derivatives market, but it is more a measure of traded volume or transaction size and less a measure of risk. A recent research paper published by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) highlights this point, and introduces an alternate metric for the interest rate derivatives market.

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