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2020 back-to-back swap program benchmark statistics: midyear edition

September 8, 2020
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    Chris Funck

    Product Management

    Financial Institutions | Kennett Square, PA


Each year we publish a back-to-back swap benchmark report capturing the previous year’s activity that compares data across years, regions, and bank asset size. Given the unique circumstances of 2020, we are providing a midyear update. Request your copy to gain additional insight.

1. Given recent market dynamics, how are credit spreads over one-month LIBOR changing?

After hitting an eight-year low in January 2020, credit spreads on swapped one-month LIBOR loans increased month-over-month throughout 2020.

2. How are bank-earned swap fees trending?

Not surprisingly, like credit spreads, swap fees have rebounded year to date in 2020. The rebound in fees is noticeable for banks in most asset class categories.

3. Swap volumes were at record pace in the last half of 2019 and continued through the early part of 2020. Has the pace changed?

Swap volumes jumped dramatically in late-summer 2019, sustaining higher-than-expected levels into February 2020. March 2020 was a high-water mark for swap volumes, with a moderation in volume to pre-August 2019 levels for recent months.

4. What are your expectations for swap volumes for the remainder of 2020?

Historically, the fourth quarter has been a very active season for loan originations. Even with some lingering economic uncertainty related to the ongoing pandemic, there are many positive indications that business activity is coming back to life. The industry is well capitalized and starved for high-quality borrowers, which will provide a strategic competitive advantage to lenders with the capability and capacity to put their best price in the market. Our view into bank pipelines across geographies and industries gives us insight and reason to be optimistic about the remainder of the year, and the opportunities that exist for you.


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About the author

  • Chris Funck

    Product Management

    Financial Institutions | Kennett Square, PA

    Chris Funck is the Director of Product Management for Chatham’s Financial Institutions team. In his role he focuses on developing and delivering client-centric products comprised of technology, advisory, and business process outsourcing.


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