ReMATCH introduces new service to eliminate Quanto credit default swap risk

17 October 2011

ReMATCH, the CDS portfolio rebalancing and market risk mitigation service, announced today that it has introduced a new service to help its customers reduce their exposure to Quanto CDS risk. The service, launched in September, has eliminated over $15billion of Quanto CDS risk for customers in its first three sessions.

Typically, Eurozone sovereign CDS contracts are denominated in US dollars to mitigate the strong correlation between the creditworthiness of the Eurozone countries and the embedded currency risk in the event of default.  Quanto CDS presents a particular difficulty to trading portfolios because they are denominated in Euro and carry this correlation risk.

“Managing Quanto risk in today’s volatile environment has become a major concern for banks and their clients.  ReMATCH is always looking to offer relevant and timely solutions and we have seen strong interest in this new service,” said Phil Perrott, the designer of the Quanto solution at ReMATCH.

ReMATCH’s new service helps banks reduce their exposure to Quanto risk by using proprietary technology to build accurate mid-level curves and generate risk-reducing trades from the set of portfolio data supplied by participating banks, enabling them to reduce positions that they may otherwise have been unable to exit.

Since its launch in October 2009, ReMATCH has worked with the majority of major banks to reduce their exposure to CDS market risks in European and Latin American emerging marketcredit default swaps. ReMATCH is part of the Post Trade Risk and Information portfolio of businesses of ICAP plc (IAP.L).

Contacts:
Brigitte Trafford            Director of Corporate Affairs ICAP          Tel. +44 (0)20 7050 7103
Candice Adam             Argentus PR                                               Tel. +44 (0)20 7397 2915

About Rematch
ReMATCH is a post-trade bulk risk mitigation service that identifies and removes basis and calendarrisks that accumulate as a result of market making and the management of legacy portfolios in the CDS market. While most of the liquidity in the CDS market is focused around the five-year maturity, trading portfolios build up net openpositions with maturities that shorten over time but are significantly moredifficult to exit. Rematch addresses the problem of minimal or no exit liquidity at these “off the run” points in a trader’s CDS risk profile, and reduces the market risk created by the build up of these illiquid positions. Rematch provides a suite of tools allowing customers to achieve highly controlled and focused results. For more information please go to www.rematchrisk.com.

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