NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UBS Investment Bank announced today that it has begun clearing interest rate swap trades through CME Clearing, the recently launched interest rate swap clearing platform at CME Group.
“This is an important evolutionary step for the interest rate swap market, and represents our continued commitment to reducing systemic risk in the market,” said Chris Murphy, Global Head of Interest Rate Derivatives. “This is a natural extension for UBS given our footprint in derivatives trading and central clearing, and offers an opportunity to leverage our existing world class clearing business to achieve connectivity.”
The central clearing of interest rate swaps preserves key aspects of the OTC market while reducing counterparty risk inherent in such transactions.
UBS continues to partner with other global clearing houses as part of a firm-wide commitment to these significant changes in market structure. The central clearing of interest rate swaps complements our existing connectivity of futures on CME, credit default swaps on ICE Trust and ICE Clear, credit default swaps on CME, and interest rate swaps on LCH.Clearnet.
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