World’s first FpML UPI tool on-line
One of the confusing things about derivatives is that they don’t ‘look and feel’ like a bond or equity – they don’t have any physical expression as a security, as they are fundamentally bilateral contracts between two professional parties.
As part of the Dodd Frank Act there is a desire to generate an equivalent to a CUSIP or ISIN for an OTC product, something which the people at FpML have been working on. Having a UPI would mean newspapers can print the closing prices for a “standard” IRS, and hopefully see the BBC add OTC products to their end of bulletin update along with the Dow Jones and FTSE 100. ;-)
Mr Jacobs at www.handcoded.com has put on-line an early example of a tool which takes an FpML 5.x confirmation document, and expresses the UPI for that trade. Here’s an example output:
|The results below are based on draft versions of the taxonomy proposals developed by the ISDA working groups and will be refined as new details are published.|
|Product Type:||IR Swap:Fixed-Float|
|UPI:||5Y [EUR]/[EUR]EUR-LIBOR-BBA[6M] 6M/6M|
If you want to try this for yourself, follow these steps:
- Download this word file: XML Confirmation
- Select the text within, and save it in a plain text file using TextEdit or equivalent, in “confirm.xml”
- Go to this web page, scroll to the bottom and click “Choose file”, then select the file from step 2
- Click “Classify”
- Boom!, revolutionary and magical as Steve Jobs would say
If you feel adventurous, edit the XML file and modify the trade, and see if you can get a different UPI.