Benchmark Conversion

Alternative Benchmarks for Swap Risk

 

  • In 2017, Andrew Bailey (UK FCA) announced that banks will no longer be required to contribute to LIBOR fixings beyond the end of 2021.
  • Across the top 5 currencies, 85% of outstanding LIBOR exposure is cleared.

Starting with Compression

Maximize reduction of gross notional across LIBOR swaps and the alternative benchmark

  • Multilateral compression can help market participants to reduce their gross notional and line items while keeping their swap positions market risk neutral overall.
  • In triReduce compression cycles, gross exposures are brought down towards each firm’s core net risk position.
  • Simultaneous compression in the alternative benchmark helps keep overall gross notional down throughout the conversion process.

... and adding conversion functionality

Convert remainder of LIBOR swap exposure to the alternative benchmark

  • A portion of the remaining LIBOR swap exposure, that cannot be compressed through terminating trades or amending their terms, can be converted to the new benchmark through the introduction of risk replacement trades in the alternative reference rate, as part of the regular triReduce compression cycles.
  • Each party sets constraints on outright risk, as well as the basis risk between the various LIBOR term rate tenors and the alternative benchmark, providing each firm with certainty throughout the conversion process on their risk impact.
  • Risk-based constraints allow each participant to control the amount of conversion taking place. Tighter limits will mean only termination of trades or amendment of terms take place, wider settings facilitate inclusion of risk replacement trades in a single cycle.
  • Firms with illiquid or netted portfolios are included in the same conversion exercise, benefiting from the triReduce liquidity pool.
  • Should alternative benchmark term rates become available, risk and basis tolerances can be applied to control conversion into any new alternative rates.

KEY FEATURES

Will be available to all market participants in 2020

 

Participants retain complete control of their market risk

A single unified process

Preserves CCP cash flow neutrality

 

Expandable to all IBORS and CCPs

Deep liquidity pool, proven process and established connectivity to CCPs and market infrastructure


Can support multiple benchmarks and term rates, as required

Opening the buy-side liquidity pool

Vikash Rughani, business manager at triReduce and triBalance, outlines a new approach enabling buy and sell-side participants to optimise the transition of legacy Libor OTC swaps contracts to alternative reference rates.

 

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Regulations Asia - Outstanding Project of the Year
for Benchmark Conversion, triReduce

FOW Awards - Best New Product: Post Trade 
for Benchmark Conversion