[WEBINAR] FRTB – Are Banks Ready To Be Compliant?

23-11-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |

Join experts across the industry for this complimentary webinar to explore how to prepare for – and comply – with the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) regulation in 2023.


  • Webinar: FRTB – are banks ready to be compliant?
  • Date: Tuesday, November 29
  • Time: 09:00 EST / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET
  • Speakers:
    • Hany Farag, Senior Director and Head of Risk Methodology and Analytics, CIBC
    • Fausto Marseglia, Head of Product Management, FRTB and Regulatory Propositions, Refinitiv, an LSEG Business
    • [Moderator] Lisa Regan, Head of Sales, EMEA, Enterprise Data, Refinitiv, an LSEG Business\
    • Volker Wellmann, Risk and Resource Manager at BNP Paribas, BNP Pariba




MENA Investment Banking Review First Nine Months 2022

02-11-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


Refinitiv Deals Intelligence brings you the MENA Investment Banking performance review, covering First Nine Months 2022.
Access this report for Investment Banking fees, volumes, and league tables across M&A, Equity Capital Markets, and Debt Capital Markets. Examine deal flows, top deals, most active nations, and most active sectors.


Report Highlights

An estimated US$1.1 billion worth of investment banking fees were generated in the Middle East & North Africa during the first nine months of 2022, 5% more than the same period in 2021 and the highest first nine-month total since 2008.  Almost half of this year’s fees were generated during the first three months of the year, with quarterly fees declining in the following two quarters.  Fees totalled US$186.4 million during the third quarter of 2022, the lowest quarterly total in the region in six years.

The value of announced M&A transactions with any MENA involvement reached US$69.7 billion during the first nine months of 2022, 17% less than the value recorded during the same period in 2021.  Despite the decline in value, the number of deal announcements in the region increased 5% from last year to the highest first nine-month total since our records began in 1980.

MENA equity and equity-related issuance totalled US$15.3 billion during the first nine months of 2022, the highest first nine-month total since 2008.  Proceeds raised by companies in the region increased 166% compared to the first nine months of 2021, while the number of issues increased 110%.

MENA debt issuance totalled US$18.3 billion during the first nine months of 2022, down 80% from the value recorded during the same period in 2021 and the lowest first nine-month total since 2011.  The number of issues declined 68% from last year at this time.

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Everything you need on the Standardised Approach

13-10-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


How can data and analytics help banks meet the FRTB Standardised Approach deadline? This blog by Refinitiv helps you understand everything you need on the Standardisded Approach.

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Corporate Treasury Data Insights Refinitiv

07-09-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


The USDCNY historical volatility, the expert webinar on Inflation Growth & Markets, Refinitiv Corporate Treasury Newsbeat and much more. All summarised in the new Corporate Data Insights by Refinitiv.

Chart of the Month

Chart of the month

1M and 3M USDCNY historical volatility 


Our Chart of the Month shows 1-month volatility (in orange) and 3-month volatility (in green) for the USDCNY currency pair. It clearly demonstrates huge implications for those hedging CNY exposures.
The combination of USD rate tightening and Chinese rate easing since the start of the year – reflecting a weakening Chinese economy and Covid-19 restrictions – has meant a stronger USD, a sell-off of Chinese bonds, and significantly elevated USDCNY volatility.
Ahead of the November US mid-term elections, commentators are watching to see if Biden’s inflation imperative might outweigh the US response to China’s actions towards Taiwan. Our news partner, Reuters, unpacks this conundrum in more detail.

The Biden administration has been forced to recalibrate their thinking on whether to scrap some tariffs or potentially impose others on Beijing, according to sources familiar with the deliberations.
It has considered a combination of eliminating some tariffs, potential additional tariffs, and expanding a list of tariff exclusions to aid U.S. companies that can only get certain supplies from China.
Additional tariffs would make Chinese imports more expensive for U.S. companies, and subsequently makes products more costly for consumers. However, bringing inflation down is a major goal for Biden ahead of the November mid-term elections.
Politically there is a delicate path to tread, but recent market dynamics may suit US policy makers.

[Webinar] Inflation, Growth and Markets: Hear from the Experts |

Economies around the world are enduring inflationary pressures not experienced in decades. Rising cos

ts triggered by supply chain interruptions and wage demands as economies roared back to life post-COVID were compounded in February by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, disrupting crucial commodity supplies. Join a panel of expert Reuters editors to discuss the issues and hear from Refinitiv’s Director of Macro and Economics on how to use Workspace and Eikon product enhancements.

How are digital assets used to evade sanctions?
There is a growing concern that criminal networks may seek to circumvent global sanctions through the use of cryptocurrency. Refinitiv is working on promoting a more coordinated global response to financial crime, focusing on protecting the digital asset space. How can we respond to the challenge? >
Everything flows: Green equity funds go red for the first time since COVID meltdown

After a volatile start to July, the FTSE 100 crept up a touch less than 250 points over the month, with other equity markets globally turning upwards in a similar fashion from late June recent lows. At the same time, the yield on the benchmark 10-year gilt was squeezed by about 90 basis points. Fund flows, however, do not reflect this—at least at the most broad-brush asset class level, with redemptions excluding money market vehicles running to £7.9bn.  Find out more about recent asset flow trends >

Breakingviews: D.C. turf war opens crypto regulatory arbitrage 


Cryptocurrency ventures can divide and conquer Washington’s regulatory fiefdoms. The U.S. Federal Reserve staked out its turf this week, telling lenders to notify it if they offer services for bitcoin and its ilk. Other agencies are also wrestling to oversee the $1 trillion market. The scrap provides an opportunity for some industry participants, but it hurts token owners. Read on >

Deep U.S. curve inversion hastens the recession it predicts 

An inverted U.S. Treasury yield curve almost always heralds recession, but the yawning gap between high short-term funding costs and falling long-term borrowing rates may accelerate the economic downturn it presages. Reuters columnist Jamie McGeever looks at the potential impact of an inverted U.S. treasury yield curve.

Refinitiv Corporate Treasury Newsbeat

Refinitiv issues consultation on Tokyo Swap Rate benchmarks |  Refinitiv announced the publication of a consultation paper regarding the Tokyo Swap Rate benchmarks. Refinitiv administers Tokyo Swap Rate, a Japanese yen (JPY) interest rate swap (IRS) benchmark family, which is used in the valuation of swaptions, CMS, structured loans and notes, FRNs and private finance initiatives. Read more here >
Bulgarian Stock Exchange powers sustainability index with Refinitiv ESG metrics |  The Bulgarian Stock Exchange (BSE) announced it has adopted Refinitiv’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics to power its sustainability index set to be launched end of 2022 Read more here >
Refinitiv to launch forward looking term rate versions of ARRC recommended fallback rates this September to facilitate industry transition from USD LIBOR |  Refinitiv announces that it intends to launch forward looking term rate versions of its ARRC recommended fallback rates – USD IBOR Cash Fallbacks – in September 2022. This follows the Alternative Reference Rates Committee’s (ARRC) March 2021 announcement that it had selected Refinitiv to publish its recommended fallback rates for cash products and Refinitiv’s November 2021 announcement that it had released production fallback rates based upon various SOFR conventions.  Read more here >
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Harmonisation of FRTB data compliance requirements by local jurisdictions is crucial

09-08-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


Banks face uncertainty over changing responsibilities under the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB), but potential jurisdictional divergence on new requirements for data vendors could add greater complexity to the roll-out of these new rules.

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5 steps to effective fraud prevention in fintech

14-07-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


A recent Refinitiv expert talk looks at the digital banking and fintech arena, unpacking the compliance challenges that dominate the sector and offering advice for a best-practice response.

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The Relentless Rise of Real-Time Data

16-06-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


Demand for real-time data is growing fast as financial firms face regulatory, trading, operational and competitive challenges. Rob Lane, head of real-time feeds at Refinitiv, discusses the changing data needs of banks and buy-side firms and how the cloud is helping improve access to a key source of competitive advantage in pursuit of more informed and agile decision-making.

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Turbulent markets put focus on evaluated pricing

24-05-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


Fixed income volatility looks like it will be around for a while, due to whipsaw-like changes in the overall economic environment. In such an environment, firms need to have the right evaluated pricing to ensure they are pricing their portfolios at fair value levels and that they are complying with regulations.


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Rapid changes in trading are taking place. Are you keeping pace?

05-05-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |


Automation doesn’t make FX, equities and fixed income traders unnecessary, but it does make them more efficient – which ultimately can lead to better profits. Read more

The LIBOR transition is far from over

05-04-2022 | treasuryXL | Refinitiv | LinkedIn |

In December 2021, LIBOR setting publication ceased on over two dozen settings. But the transition is far from over as phasing out continues for legacy contracts.


  1. As of the end of last year, 24 LIBOR settings have ceased publication.
  2. The FCA confirmed Synthetic LIBOR to be allowed for the temporary use of “synthetic” sterling and yen 1M, 3M and 6M LIBOR rates in all legacy LIBOR contracts.
  3. The main challenge that remains is the USD LIBOR Transition

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Since the end of 2021, publication of 24 LIBOR settings has stopped (CHF, EUR, GBP, USD and JPY) and the most used GBP and JPY LIBORS are now being published with a new methodology called “synthetic LIBOR”.

USD LIBORs will continue to be published until mid-2023 using panel bank submissions. Discussions surrounding Euribor are ongoing, but EU regulators appear to be waiting until the LIBOR cessation has fully taken place to define a more detailed agenda for Euribor.

To sum it up – the LIBOR transition is not yet over!

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What is Synthetic LIBOR?

On 16 November 2021, the FCA confirmed Synthetic LIBOR to be allowed for the temporary use of “synthetic” sterling and yen 1M, 3M and 6M LIBOR rates in all legacy LIBOR contracts.

This applied to all other than cleared derivatives, that have not been changed at or before 31 December 2021.

The Synthetic LIBOR are published on existing Refinitiv Instrument Codes (RICS), as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Refinitiv Eikon LIBOR= quote. The LIBOR transition is far from over
Figure 1: Refinitiv Eikon LIBOR= quote

Synthetic LIBOR methodology

Synthetic LIBOR = ISDA Median Spread + Term Rate.

For example, the JPY 3M Synthetic LIBOR value published on JPY3MFSR= RIC is calculated as per below:

JPY3MFSR=; -0.00020630 = JPY 3M ISDA IBOR Spread (JPY3MFSRS=ISDA ; 0.0000835) + [JPY 3M term rate (JPYTRR3M=QCKJ ; -0.0002938) x (360/365) ; -0.000289775]

*Please note that Refinitiv is an authorised distributor of ISDA spreads. You can find ISDA fallbacks and Term Rates in the Refinitiv Eikon IBOR App.

Figure 2: Refinitiv Eikon JPY 3M IBOR FALLBACK RATE. The LIBOR transition is far from over
Figure 2: Refinitiv Eikon JPY 3M IBOR FALLBACK RATE
Figure 3: Refinitiv Eikon JPY 3M TERM RATE
Figure 3: Refinitiv Eikon JPY 3M TERM RATE

USD LIBOR challenges

The main challenge that remains is the USD LIBOR transition. Even with the cessation set to 30 June 2023, market participants have been asked to implement transition and identify fallbacks by regulators.

Even if the use of USD LIBORs has been discouraged and drastically limited for new contracts, data from DTCC and ISDA suggests that LIBOR contracts were traded in January 2022 but in low volumes.

The FCA defined clearly the stipulations in Further Provision and Information in relation to the Prohibition and the Exceptions:

  • The market-making exception applies only where market-making is undertaken in response to a request by a client seeking to reduce or hedge their USD LIBOR exposure on contracts entered before 1 January 2022.
  • The prohibition does not prohibit new single currency USD LIBOR basis swaps entered in the interdealer broker market.

The lack of credit component in SOFR appears to raise some issues, mostly from regional banks, that also stressed the fact that borrowers will struggle with SOFR. LIBOR is a forward-looking term rate and interests are known upfront, with SOFR and other alternative Risk-Free Rates (RFR), interest is compounded and only known at the end of the period.

*Please note that credit-sensitive rates such as Ameribor, AXI or BSBY are available in Refinitiv Eikon but are NOT endorsed by the ARCC or FCA.

On the cash market, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) Progress Report, published on 31 March 2021, estimated there will be approximately $5trn USD LIBOR referencing contracts in business loans, consumer loans, bonds and securitisations maturing after June 2023.

Many of these exposures may have suitable fallback language and will be able to transition away from LIBOR prior to cessation.

ARRC has selected Refinitiv to publish its recommended spread adjustments and spread adjusted rates for cash products. The USD IBOR Cash Fallbacks provide market participants, including lenders and borrowers, with an industry-standard agreed rate, which can clearly and easily be referenced in contracts.

Refinitiv launched USD IBOR Consumer Cash Fallbacks 1-week and 2-month settings on 3 January 2022.

Figure 4 : Refinitiv Eikon IBOR App, USD IBOR CASH FALLBACKS
Figure 4: Refinitiv Eikon IBOR App, USD IBOR CASH FALLBACKS

Update on derivatives

As mentioned in the December 2021 Bank of England Risk-Free Rate Working group newsletter, the transition towards Risk-Free Rates is progressing steadily, as per the charts in Figure 5 for cleared swaps and exchange-traded futures:

Figure 5: Cleared Swaps and Exchange Traded Futures
Figure 5: Cleared Swaps and Exchange Traded Futures

In a Risk.net article, Philip Whitehurst, Head of Service Development, Rates at LCH (part of LEG Group) said: “Sterling LIBOR was the most substantial population LCH had converted, amounting to about 185,000 trades for around $15trn worth of cleared swaps. They were converted into Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) equivalents on a compensated basis.

“The same was applicable for around 75,000 yen LIBOR trades, with aggregate notional of about $4.5trn, and 25,000 to 30,000 Swiss LIBOR trades worth about $1.5trn, as well as a very small population of euro LIBOR trades.”

Whitehurst stressed that Euribor trades were not converted.

On the OTC Derivatives markets, the adoption of new Risk-Free Rates is very high.

GBP, CHF and JPY swaps are now exclusively done on new Risk-Free Rates. SOFR swaps are progressing versus LIBOR, at a quite slow pace, and now represent close to 50 percent of the traded notionals, according to ISDA swaps info figures.

Unsurprisingly, the exception remains EUR, where fewer than 30 percent of the traded notionals are on €STR.

Cross-currency swap markets are rapidly ditching legacy interest rate benchmarks in favour of RFRs.

Since the beginning of 2022, trades in euro/dollar cross-currency OTC swaps have almost exclusively referenced the secured overnight financing rate (SOFR) and the euro short-term rate (€STR).

DTCC data repositories from U.S. markets data show how 95 percent of USD / GBP, USD / JPY and USD / CHF now trade RFR versus RFR.

The transition has been pushed by RFR First initiatives, the second phase of SOFR First, launched in September 2021. It stated that interdealer trading conventions for cross-currency basis swaps between USD, JPY, GBP, and CHF LIBORs will move to each currency’s risk-free rates.

Cross-currency swaps prices can be found in Refinitiv Eikon, using the OTC advanced search tool, the OTC Pricer App and the Swap Pricer app, which now allow price cross-currency swaps based on new RFRs.

Figure 6: Refinitiv Eikon Advanced Sear tools for OTC Derivatives
Figure 6: Refinitiv Eikon Advanced Sear tools for OTC Derivatives
Figure 8: Refinitiv Eikon Swap Pricer App, Cross currency swap pricing
Figure 7: Refinitiv Eikon Swap Pricer App, Cross-currency swap pricing

Not the end of the LIBOR transition

Although 24 LIBOR settings have already been discontinued, this does not spell the end of the LIBOR transition.

Market participants are still actively transitioning away from LIBOR trades in USD, while getting prepared for other IBORs transitions in the Eurozone and the rest of the world.

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