No big push since "SOFR First" date five weeks ago. Using ISDA figures, SOFR outright OIS volumes still less than 10% of LIBOR volumes.
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Marc Henrard will present a workshop at
which will take place on-line from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 October 2021. The agenda of the conference can be found on the organizer web site:
Marc's workshop will take place on Tuesday 19 October from 13:00 to 17:00 and will be titled
LIBOR transition: almost there and so much to do for quants.
- Liquidity in ESTR, SONIA and SOFR
- Multiple fallbacks, multiple market risks, one spread to rule them all!
- ISDA fallback spreads v recent LIBOR/SOFR data
- USD: alternatives to SOFR - AMERIBOR, BSBY, ICE BYI, AXI, CMT
- Hidden issues
Monday, 23 August 2021
Looking at last week SOFR numbers, the only description that comes to mind is "unchanged to slightly lower". No big push since "SOFR First" date four weeks ago.
LCH figures slightly lower, ISDA figures slightly lower, ISDA outright SOFR as portion of LIBOR slightly lower.
Sunday, 22 August 2021
We still have roughly four months to go to the LIBOR transition. USD-LIBOR rates will still be published for 18 months after that, but the goal is to stop adding more LIBOR exposure from the beginning of 2022 onward.
A fallback mechanism for legacy LIBOR has been proposed by ISDA, based on a historical spread approach between the in-advance credit risky LIBOR and the in-arrears secured SOFR. The results of that historical spread computation has been announced on 5 March 2021. FOR USD-LIBOR-3M, the result was a spread of 26.161 basis points.
In USD, other mechanisms to replace LIBOR have been proposed. They include, among others (see this blog for more alternatives) Bloomberg BSBY, CME SOFR Term rates, and AMERIBOR. In this blog we propose recent historical data related to those benchmarks.
The data themselves are IBA USD-LIBOR-3M (2019-01-02 to 2021-08-20), Bloomberg BSBY 3M (2019-01-02 to 2021-08-20), SOFR Term rate 3M (2019-01-03 to 2021-08-19), SOFR compounded using ISDA mechanism (computed from Fed raw data) (2019-01-02 to 2021-05-17), and AMERIBOR 90D (2021-05-17 to 2021-08-20). The SOFR compounded time series are shorter by 3 months due to the in-arrears feature. The AMERIBOR 90D is published only since May this year. The time series are displayed in Figure 1.
The drop of rates after COVID-19 pandemic spreads from Wuhan to contaminate the world is clearly visible in the graph at the beginning of 2020. The way the different rates reacted was different.
In Figure 2, we display the spread between LIBOR and the other rates. The BSBY spread has also jumped around that time, but remained contained. The Term SOFR had one big jump that can be interpreted as a market credit concern. At the opposite, the compounded in-arrears ISDA style had two large jumps, probably one due to the delayed nature of in-arrears and one related to credit.
For the period in the graph, the statistics for the spreads are an average of 5 bps and a standard deviation of 4.6 bps for BSBY. For SOFR Term, the statistics are an average of 23 bps and a standard deviation of 21 bps. For SOFR in-arrears with ISDA methodology, the statistics are an average of 32 bps and a standard deviation of 30 bps. For AMERIBOR 90D, the statistics are an average of -1.7 bps and a standard deviation of 1 bps; the period of reference is very different and those statistics cannot be compared to the previous ones that are reported on a substantially more unstable period.
The fallback method is based on a fixed spread of 26.161 bps (and an implicit standard deviation of 0).
Added 2021-08-28: The spread versus term SOFR is presented in Figure 3. LIBOR, BSBY and Ameribor spreads varied widely but are all positive, except one date for LIBOR (2 March 2020). Over the last year, the spreads have been well below the ISDA spread fixing.
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
SOFR First started on 26 July. We now have three weeks of data. The results are still somehow mixed.
On the LCH front, the volume is again significantly below the 30 July week level (SOFR First initial week). The volume is roughly the same as at the end of May.
On the ISDA figures side (from US regulatory figures), the absolute volume is up for the 6th week in a row; the volume has tripled in those weeks. But the figures reported by ISDA (USD 166 bn) are well below the figures reported by LCH (USD 520 bn).
A temptative interpretation could be that the US local market is moving slowly to SOFR (SOFR volume is now around 11% of LIBOR volume). Even if that move represents a real chance in behavior, it impacts only a small portion of the USD market. The figures published indicate that ISDA actually captures less than a third of the SOFR market in its SwapInfo analysis.
Note: More volume analysis over the last years available on Marc's multi-curve framework blog.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
SOFR First started on 26 July. We now have two weeks of data. The result is somehow mixed.
On the LCH front, the volume has decrease significantly last week with respect to the previous one (SOFR First initial week). The volume is roughly the same as in end of May.
On the ISDA figure side (from US regulatory figures), the absolute volume is slightly up but the proportion of SOFR with respect to LIBOR is down; it is below 8%.
Still far away from SOFR First!
Note: Blog initially published at: https://multi-curve-framework.blogspot.com/2021/08/sofr-first-two-weeks-on.html. More volume analysis over the last years available on Marc's multi-curve framework blog.