In-depth introduction: Leverage ratio

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

Bilateral compression takes off as banks tackle leverage

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…

TriOptima to use Markit's Red database

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).

TriOptima terminates €420 billion in rate swaps

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.

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