Interest rate swaps are also popular for the arbitrage opportunities they provide. In such an agreement the fixed rate would be such that the present value of future fixed rate payments by Party A are equal to the present value of the expected future floating rate payments i.
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Post crisis, to accommodate credit risk, the now-standard pricing framework is the multi-curves framework where forecast -IBOR rates and discount factors exhibit disparity. Note that the economic pricing principle is unchanged: As regards the rates forecast, since the basis spread between LIBOR rates of different maturities widened during the crisis, forecast curves are generally constructed for each LIBOR tenor used in floating rate derivative legs.
Regarding the curve build, under the old framework a single self discounted curve was "bootstrapped" , exactly returning the prices of selected instruments. Under the new framework, the various curves are best fitted — as a "set" — to observed market data prices, one for discounting, one for each forecast curve as below. Here, since the OIS average-rate is swapped for the -IBOR rate the most liquid in that market , and the -IBOR swaps are in turn discounted on the OIS curve, the problem entails a nonlinear system , and specialized iterative methods are usually employed — very often a modification of Newton's method.
See   . The complexities of modern curvesets mean that there may not be discount factors available for a specific -IBOR index curve. These curves are known as 'forecast only' curves and only contain the information of a forecast -IBOR index rate for any future date.
Some designs constructed with a discount based methodology mean forecast -IBOR index rates are implied by the discount factors inherent to that curve:.
During the life of the swap the same valuation technique is used, but since, over time, both the discounting factors and the forward rates change, the PV of the swap will deviate from its initial value. Therefore, the swap will be an asset to one party and a liability to the other.
Swaps are marked to market by debt security traders to visualize their inventory at a certain time. Interest rate swaps expose users to many different types of financial risk. Predominantly they expose the user to market risks. The value of an interest rate swap will change as market interest rates rise and fall.
In market terminology this is often referred to as delta risk. Other specific types of market risk that interest rate swaps have exposure to are basis risks where various IBOR tenor indexes can deviate from one another and reset risks where the publication of specific tenor IBOR indexes are subject to daily fluctuation.
Interest rate swaps also exhibit gamma risk whereby their delta risk increases or decreases as market interest rates fluctuate.
Uncollateralised interest rate swaps that are those executed bilaterally without a credit support annex CSA in place expose the trading counterparties to funding risks and credit risks. Funding risks because the value of the swap might deviate to become so negative that it is unaffordable and cannot be funded. Credit risks because the respective counterparty, for whom the value of the swap is positive, will be concerned about the opposing counterparty defaulting on its obligations. Collateralised interest rate swaps expose the users to collateral risks.
Depending upon the terms of the CSA, the type of posted collateral that is permitted might become more or less expensive due to other extraneous market movements. Credit and funding risks still exist for collateralised trades but to a much lesser extent. Due to regulations set out in the Basel III Regulatory Frameworks trading interest rate derivatives commands a capital usage.
Dependent upon their specific nature interest rate swaps might command more capital usage and this can deviate with market movements.
Thus capital risks are another concern for users. Reputation risks also exist. The mis-selling of swaps, over-exposure of municipalities to derivative contracts, and IBOR manipulation are examples of high-profile cases where trading interest rate swaps has led to a loss of reputation and fines by regulators. Hedging interest rate swaps can be complicated and relies on numerical processes of well designed risk models to suggest reliable benchmark trades that mitigate all market risks.
The other, aforementioned risks must be hedged using other systematic processes. The market-making of IRSs is an involved process involving multiple tasks; curve construction with reference to interbank markets, individual derivative contract pricing, risk management of credit, cash and capital.
The cross disciplines required include quantitative analysis and mathematical expertise, disciplined and organized approach towards profits and losses, and coherent psychological and subjective assessment of financial market information and price-taker analysis. The time sensitive nature of markets also creates a pressurized environment.
Many tools and techniques have been designed to improve efficiency of market-making in a drive to efficiency and consistency. In June the Audit Commission was tipped off by someone working on the swaps desk of Goldman Sachs that the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham had a massive exposure to interest rate swaps.
When the commission contacted the council, the chief executive told them not to worry as "everybody knows that interest rates are going to fall"; the treasurer thought the interest rate swaps were a "nice little earner". The Commission's Controller, Howard Davies , realised that the council had put all of its positions on interest rates going down and ordered an investigation.
By January the Commission obtained legal opinions from two Queen's Counsel. Although they did not agree, the commission preferred the opinion that is was ultra vires for councils to engage in interest rate swaps ie. The auditor and the commission then went to court and had the contracts declared void appeals all the way up to the House of Lords failed in Hazell v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC ; the five banks involved lost millions of pounds. Many other local authorities had been engaging in interest rate swaps in the s.
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