Questions tagged [swaps]

SWAPs are a common name for exchange operations between two (or more) counter-parties with various financial instruments like cashflows (IRS), currency (XCCY), credit risk (CDS), et cetera

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Questions about Markit rates curve bootstrapping

I am reading the following two Markit documents concerning the bootstrapping of respectively the USD rates curve and the EUR, GBP, JPY, CHF, CAD, HKD, SGD, AUD and NZD rates curves. (Both versions are ...
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Structured product sellers and div swaps

From a Barclays primer on dividend swaps: We note that for shorter periods of time, implied dividends can be more volatile than spot as dividends often trade away from ...
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Why would one prefer variance swaps over other instruments?

I understand that an investor who has a view on an underlying's variance would be tempted by a variance swap. But why would one prefer such a contract over another instrument whose value is based on ...
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Is this an inconsistency between Swap and LIBOR?

I'm a little confused by what I see as an inconsistency between quoted £ swap rates and £ LIBOR. From the FT on 25/4/14: 1-year Swap (semi-annual): Bid - $0.63\%$; Ask - $0.66\%$ LIBOR: 6-month - $R_{...
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How to value non-libor swaps (not basis swaps)?

What discount curve should be used for a swap with a fixed leg and variable leg, where the variable leg is based on rate other than Libor (in my case 1-year deposit rate). Hull (5th edition, page 595) ...
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Difference between 5Y breakeven inflation and 5Y5Y inflation forward?

I cannot figure out the difference between the two data series found here: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T5YIE/ https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T5YIFR/ The 5Y breakeven inflation, to my ...
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Cross Currency Swap Attribution

Can you please recommend a paper/book that discusses the attribution of the mark to market of a cross currency swap (rates, basis, fx, etc.)?
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heding bond risk with swap

How would a bond trader hedge his/her interest rate risk? A nature way is to hedge it with interest rate swap. Is this a choice in practice ? is their any risks associating with this hedging strategy. ...
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Curve Euribor - Euribor 3M

I'm setting up some Euribor 6M and Euribor 3M curves. So far i have all the data and quotes i need, but i'm having trouble defining the firsts points of the curve. I'm currently using 6M Euribor and ...
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Understanding Mechanics and Specifics of Cross-Currency Basis Swap

I am looking at a Bloomberg Ticker for the JPY-USD Basis Swap (JYBS5 BGN Curncy). This is a 5yr term, settling on Dec 05 2019 and maturing on Dec 05 2024. The last price is -41. Several questions I ...
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Why has cross currency basis become higher since the 2008 crisis?

The impact of cross currency basis on FX forward pricing has become more noticeable since 2008, diverging significantly from the interest rate differential, what are the fundamentals behind this ...
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Does a 100mio 10y swap have the same dv01 when rates are at 1% and 10%?

If not how come, whats the right way to look at it and have a quick rule of thumb to work out what dv01 is 100mio 10yr? Thanks!
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3M curve vs 6M Curve, which one to use for valuation of IR Derivatrives

Sorry, this might be basic for some of you but I'm very confused when it comes to know which curve (6m or 3m) we can use for valuations of swaps and swaptions. Could someone please explain when to use ...
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For which would you expect the liquidity on instrument X to be the greatest: its spot, future, option or swap?

Would like $X$ to remain general, but if needed, let's say GBPUSD Exchange Rate. By liquidity I mean overal market volume across exchanges / ease of opening and closing positions / total notional ...
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formula for physical DV01 of interest rate swap

Most answers to the question "what is the dv01 of an interest rate swap" are along the lines of: "compute the difference between the price of the swap and its price using a curve perturbed by 1 basis ...
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How were OIS discount curves built before long-term OIS were liquid?

Many sources put the switch from LIBOR discounting to OIS discounting at some point in 2008, or perhaps a little earlier (the earliest I have seen is August 2007). It seems that this may be optimistic,...
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Valuation of a swap where both parties can cancel (not settle at market) with accrual method instead of present-value?

Consider a single-name total return swap (TRS) on some reference asset $S$. For concreteness, suppose the length of the contract is one year with quarterly resets, and the performance of $S$ is ...
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If 10s20s steepener have equal DV01 weighting on each swap then why does convexity play a role in MtM

Receiver Swap 10yrs Notional: 1,000,000 DV01: +1,300 Tenor: 10yrs Rate: 4% Payer Swap 20yrs Notional: 500,000 DV01: -1,300 Tenor: 20yrs Rate: 5% Looking at this fictitious example, I want to ...
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Total Return Swaps and Borrow Cost Relationship

If an investor is long a Total Return Swap (TRS), they get the total return (ie, including dividend) performance and usually pay LIBOR minus a spread. This spread should trade ...
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Libor OIS basis swap equation

I'm a little embarrassed about this because I have a PhD in math, but I'm having a little trouble working out how to bootstrap an OIS curve from libor rates and basis swap rates. If I had an equation ...
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What is the difference between a recovery swap and a CDS?

As I understand it, recovery swaps and CDS are both used to provide hedging against the default risk of a loan. What is the difference between them?
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Fair swap rate of an amortizing swap

Recently I came across the problem of amortizing swaps. This is an agreement, where fixed payments and floating payments (e.g. 3-months LIBOR + spread) are exchanged based on a notional that is ...
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Hedging against FX for bond portfolio

Let's say I've bond is USD with a maturity of 25yrs and yield of 5% and coupon 7%, but I'm located in Europe and wanna hedge the USD risk, How can I use cross currency swap to do this ?
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OIS rate to build Term structure

There are some discussions (e.g. Difference between OIS Rate and Fed Funds Rate) on usage of OIS rate to build the Libor term ...
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Hedging with interest rate derivatives

This might be a stupid or basic concept for some of you, I'm new to the concept of hedging with interest rate derivatives, I understand how to hedge an equity portfolio but i'm struggling with the ...
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Recommended Instruments (and sources) for Constructing Money Market Yield Curves

What instruments are the current industry recommendations for constructing money-market yield curves in some major currencies? The switch after the crisis to multi-curve methods is well documented on ...
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relationship between notional amounts of volatility swaps and variance swaps

Taking volatility swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F - \sigma_S ) * volatility~notional $$ and Taking variance swap payoff as $$( \sigma_F^2 - \sigma_S^2 ) * variance~notional $$ I am trying to understand ...
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Transform a 3M FRA Rate to a 6M FRA Rate

I have a question whether it is possible to transform 3M FRA rates to 6M FRA rates without having any spreads available. Let's give an example: FRA 3M: FRA 1x4 FRA 2x5 FRA 3x6 FRA 4x7 FRA 5x8 FRA ...
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Why is the fair strike of a variance swap called implied volatility?

Probably an easy question for some, but I noticed most of my co-workers call the fair strike of a variance swap implied volatility. Why is that ?
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USD-Federal Funds for OIS swaps vs USD-Federal Funds for Basis swaps

Anyone knows why the OIS leg for basis swaps pays the average rate instead of the geometric average compounding rate as expected for a regular OIS swap leg?
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ACT/360 day convention in swap pricing

The floating leg of a USD swap has present value $$ PV = \sum_{i=1}^N \delta_i f_i p^d(t_i) $$ where the $\{t_i\}$ are the floating leg payment dates, $\delta_i$ is the accrual fraction between $t_{...
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Swap rate calculation if reference rate differs from risk free rates

I want to find a swap rate, for an IRS where the floating is Libor+x bp where x is a constant. I have a risk free curve which is not the libor curve. I also have the libor rates. How can I calculate ...
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Dual discounted forward curve

I was wondering how to calculate the forward rates based on OIS discounting for the half year terms. I know how to do this for the full year terms -> just making sure that the two legs are equal to ...
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Compounding arrear SOFR Forward rate/curve

As per ISDA protocol and supplements, they stated that the fallback rate to be used on legacy derivative contracts is the compounding in arrears SOFR rate (based on a 2-day backshift) + a fixed spread ...
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Funding foreign asset purchase with repo

https://www.bis.org/publ/qtrpdf/r_qt1709e.pdf extract from page 38 An investor wants to buy a foreign currency security with domestic cash but does not wish to run FX risk. Then, three transactions ...
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OIS fixed rate compunding criteria

I have the following doubt: How should the OIS fixed rate be considered in computing principal+interests at the maturity of the swap? I mean, if i.e. the swap lasts 4 day (without w.e. in the middle), ...
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Quantlib: convert par swap rates to zero rates back and forth

I built a zero-coupon curve out of a generic par swap rate curve (Step 1) and I am trying to recover the swap curve back from the zero-coupon curve (Step 2). Step 1 works but not Step 2. I get close ...
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convexity adjustment for pricing mark to market (mtm) cross currency swap

may I know where the convexity adjustment is from and in practice, how is it usually calculated? is it coming from the correlation between fx and rates ? am I right that non-mtm cross currency swap ...
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What does **Long Call EURUSD** mean?

What does Long Call EURUSD mean? Does it mean Long Call EUR and Short Put USD? When we draw payoff do we consider only w.r.t. to CCY1 i.e. EUR in this case?
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Turning an amortising swaption into a normal swaption

Is there a way to enter a trading strategy in which the notional of the cashflows of an amortising swaption become all the same? For example, imagine the notional for the first four cashflows of an ...
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Collateralized / uncollateralized swap

Is a fully collateralized interest rate swap considered free of counterparty credit risk? Or close to risk free? Therefore discounted by the rate that best proxies the risk-free rate (which is the OIS-...
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Variance swap : ok for variance, but where's the square expectation?

Payout of a variance swap at maturity $T$ is proportional to $\left(\frac{252}{N} \sum_{i=0}^{N-1} R_i^2 \right) - \sigma_{\textrm{VS}}^2$ where $R_i \equiv \ln\left( \frac{S_{T_{i+1}}}{S_{T_i}} \...
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Why there is some inhomogeneous term in the PDE of fixed income

We consider one factor driving model of fixed income product say short-term interest $r(t)=\lim\limits_{T\rightarrow t} R(t,T),$ $R(t,T)$ is yield i.e $$B(t,T)e^{(T-t)R(t,T)} = 1$$ Then we see ...
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Using quantlib to price swaps with different payment and calculation resets for floating leg

I understand the VanillaSwap object assumes that payment and calculation resets are the same, so is there any way we could use quantlib to price a swap with different reset and calculation frequencies?...
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LMM & multiple curves

I was reading through a paper that attempted to present a theoretical explanation for the divergence in value of different LIBOR tenors (and thus for the use of different curves for different tenors). ...
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Pricing of swaps

I have a (hopefully) elementary question about forex swaps. Most feeds will have a near and a far leg (or more legs for more exotic swaps). I appreciate that "buying the swap" involves locking in ...
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Modified Duration of Overnight Index Swaps

Is the modified duration of an overnight index swap zero or close to zero?
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What is the instantaneous P&L of a Variance Swap?

What is the instantaneous P&L of a variance swap. Is it $(\sigma^{2}_{t}-\sigma^{2}_{implied})dt$?
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Bootstrapping discount and forward curve (using ESRA) and price a vanilla swap

I am just starting to use Quantlib, and want to try and replicate the SWPM-functionality in Bloomberg, and price a vanilla 5Y EUR OIS. Below is the overall swap data used in BBG: Overall settings ...
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Valuation of Variance Swap

Let say I have a Variance Swap contract which is based on daily closing prices (not the continuous variance calculation) and will last between the day interval $T_1$...

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