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CME Group Announces First Cleared Korean Won and Indian Rupee Interest Rate Swaps Trades, Amid Rising Costs in Bilateral Swap Market

Tue Jul 18 2017

CHICAGO and SINGAPORE, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it has cleared two new swap currencies: the Indian Rupee (INR) Overnight Index Swaps (OIS) and Korean Won (KRW) Interest Rate Swaps (IRS). With these two new additional currencies, CME Group now offers 21 clearable OTC IRS currencies.

"Clearing Korean won and Indian rupee swaps in the first week they're available for customers is a testament to the strong demand from global clients and liquidity providers, particularly in Asia, to voluntarily clear these products," said Sean Tully, Senior Managing Director of Financial and OTC Products for CME Group. "Our focus is to provide better long-term liquidity, as well as counterparty, capital and operational efficiencies to market participants who are looking for solutions in the cleared space."

"Credit Suisse is excited to clear the first Indian Rupee OIS and to offer Korean Won swaps at CME as we feel these new currencies provide a great deal of value to our global clients," said John Dlubac, Director in Prime Services at Credit Suisse. "As our clients prepare for the implementation of uncleared margin rules, voluntary clearing is paramount to manage counterparty risk, gain capital efficiencies, and streamline operational processes."

"Citi is thrilled to extend KRW and INR interest rate swap clearing to our global client base, and we expect voluntary clearing to significantly increase as uncleared margin rules are implemented throughout the world," said Thomas Treadwell, APAC Head of OTC Clearing at Citi. "These products will nicely complement Citi's comprehensive and industry-leading Futures and OTC clearing platform."

The launch of clearable KRW out to 21 years and INR out to 10 years represents CME Group's efforts to expand its cleared OTC IRS offerings based on client demand, and allows for global market participants to access liquidity and participate in clearing in all regions.  Most recently, CME launched clearing for Brazilian Real (BRL) CDI swaps, which has more than 80 market participants clearing $7 billion per day in 2017. Like BRL, KRW and INR are non-deliverable, allowing CME Group to offer customers more efficient access to emerging markets.  The average daily notional of the INR swaps market is approximately $6 billion per day, and the average daily notional of KRW swaps market is approximately $12 billion per day according to the 2016 BIS Triennial Survey Data.

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