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Research Notes

Key Trends in the Size and Composition of OTC Derivatives Markets

ISDA has published a new research paper that analyzes recent trends in the size and composition of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets, using the latest data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and ISDA.

Interest Rate Benchmarks Review: 3Q 2018 and Nine Months Ended Sep 30, 2018

As the financial industry is preparing to transition from LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (IBORs) to alternative risk-free rates (RFRs), ISDA is launching a quarterly review of trading volumes of interest rate derivatives (IRD) referencing alternative RFRs and major IBORs.

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

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.

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

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.

Uses of Notional Amount in Derivatives Regulation

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.

Uses of Notional Amount in Derivatives Regulation

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.