The USD interest rate derivative market has reached the next "SOFR First"!
We need to qualify that statement. There are many ways to measure what "SOFR First" means. The first "SOFR First" initiative date from July 2021 and consisting of the regulators saying "please use SOFR". Then there were plenty of informal SOFR First
- the first day/week where there were more notional on SOFR OTC transactions than LIBOR transactions,
- when SOFR transactions represented more than 50% of the IR OTC derivative market,
- the last date/week when notional on LIBOR transactions was higher than SOFR transactions
- the first day/week where there were more notional on SOFR ETD/futures transactions than LIBOR transactions,
Now it seems we have reached the next "SOFR First" moment (see Figure 1):
the outstanding notional on SOFR-linked derivatives at LCH is higher than the outstanding notional on LIBOR-linked derivatives
Note that we have not reached yet the moment when the outstanding notional on SOFR-linked derivatives at LCH is more than 50% outstanding notional on LIBOR-linked derivatives. We have not reached yet the moment when SOFR is more than 50% of derivative every week. For the moment, EFFR is still above SOFR on a regular basis (see Figure 2).
That moment will come, but it is not clear yet if it will come before the LIBOR transactions are mandatory converted to SOFR.
Figure 1: Outstanding amounts by benchmarks at LCH
Figure 2: Weekly share by product types at LCH
Figure 3: Weekly SOFR volume at LCH and as reported by ISDA (US regulatory figures based).