Electronic trading

Introduction

Just a few years ago, people said interest rate swaps couldn't be traded electronically. There are the documentation issues, the counterparty credit risk concerns, and the fact deals often involve lengthy negotiation between counterparties - in combination, not the sort of business that lends itself to click-and-trade functionality.

Nonetheless, the electronic trading of interest rate swaps has taken off in the past few years, led by Barclays Capital with the launch of its Barx platform in

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