Options cutting costs for some cross-currency swaps


Dealers are looking for ways to cut the costs that have been piled on to the cross-currency swap market and, last year, they found one – sort of. The new structure replaces the big, credit-risky exchange of principal at the end of the contract with a less capital-intensive foreign exchange option, but while this cuts counterparty exposure, the accompanying trade-offs will stop it becoming a cure-all, dealers accept.

"The reason traditional cross-currency swaps use so much capital is the final ex

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