RBS debuts trading of electronic inflation swaps

Royal Bank of Scotland has launched electronic inflation swap trading within its single-dealer portal on Bloomberg.

The RBS inflation trading engine provides a real-time tradable market to be streamed to customers’ desktops for the first time. The engine covers the main European indices: the Eurozone consumer price index (Eurozone CPI), the UK retail price index (UK RPI) and French consumer price index excluding tobacco (French CPIxt).

RBS is offering zero-coupon inflation swaps, which accounts for the majority of the inflation derivatives market.

“RBS believes the inflation swap market is now ready for electronic trading and will continue to break boundaries in 2006 and beyond with new markets, more flexibility in the products and wider means of distribution,” says Charles Harris, head of inflation trading at RBS in London.

Traders that sign up to trade using RBS’s engine have the option of choosing to execute swaps from one year to 50 years in maturity using either click-to-trade or request-for-quote protocols. Confirmation is immediate on both methods of execution.

The trading engine uses straight-through processing, which means the deal books into the trader’s risk management system and the client’s confirmation arrives automatically. Full trade details and trading history are available to customers through the Bloomberg platform.

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