A template for interest rate swaps with standardised coupons and maturities has been released, in a move that has been widely interpreted as an attempt by the over-the-counter derivatives industry to respond to the threat posed by swap futurisation.
The market-agreed coupon (Mac) interest rate swap product, unveiled at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association's annual meeting in Singapore this morning, will trade in nine tenors ranging from a one-year contract to a 30-year contract.
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