Risk Awards 2015: TriReduce to the rescue
Banks are under pressure to reduce the gross value of their derivatives portfolios, spurring greater use of bilateral compression exercises - and tougher standards in the US could put banks there under more pressure than their peers. By Lukas Becker
It used to mean the tearing-up of perfectly matching trades, but compression has become something bolder and more ambitious in recent months – at the same time, it has also become more confusing, and smaller banks fear they may have the wool pulled over…
In the balance
Five software runs conducted this month by the Scandinavian service company TriOptima have resolved $880 billion in outstanding single-name and index credit default swaps (CDS).
Stockholm-based technology firm TriOptima has opened a New York office and hired Susan Hinko as managing director of TriOptima North America.
TriOptima, a Swedish technology firm specialising in tear-ups of unwanted over-the-counter swaps from counterparties’ portfolios, has teamed up with Markit to use its reference entity database (Red).
The delayed first run of TriOptima’s swap tear-up service, TriReduce, eliminated 7,880 euro-denominated interest rate swaps with a notional value of €420 billion – or about a fifth of the notional value of the credit derivatives market.
TriReduce, an interest rate swaps tear-up service developed by Stockholm-headquartered TriOptima, may start its first run in late March, following a delay of about three months due to documentation and technology hook-up issues.