Last updated: August 8, 2022
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Bank-earned swap fees
Average swap fees declined slightly during the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021.
Swap volumes in the first half of 2022 are comparable to volumes in the first half of 2021, with an increase in the number of larger-sized deals closed so far this year.
Credit spreads on swapped structures
Credit spreads remained stable for the first half of 2022, at 200bps, after seeing quarter-over-quarter declines in 2021.
Expectations for swap volumes for the second half of 2022
Current deal pipelines indicate healthy transaction volume for the remainder of the year. Q4 volumes are typically a high point for institutions running back-to-back swap programs.
Development of alternative indices to LIBOR
Term SOFR is the predominate index we see for back-to-back swaps. Swap activity on Prime also remains healthy and is consistent with the past several years’ activity. We have seen very limited activity on USD-SOFR-OIS-COMPOUND, USD-SOFR Average 30D (NY Fed 30 day), USD-SOFR (daily weighted average), and BSBY for back-to-back swaps. We notice these activity trends across indicative pricing, deal pipelines, and executed transactions.
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Transactions in over-the-counter derivatives (or “swaps”) have significant risks, including, but not limited to, substantial risk of loss. You should consult your own business, legal, tax and accounting advisers with respect to proposed swap transaction and you should refrain from entering into any swap transaction unless you have fully understood the terms and risks of the transaction, including the extent of your potential risk of loss. This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of Chatham Hedging Advisors and could be deemed a solicitation for entering into a derivatives transaction. This material is not a research report prepared by Chatham Hedging Advisors. If you are not an experienced user of the derivatives markets, capable of making independent trading decisions, then you should not rely solely on this communication in making trading decisions. All rights reserved.22-0025