OTC Premia

57 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018 Last revised: 14 Jun 2019

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Gino Cenedese

Fulcrum Asset Management

Angelo Ranaldo

University of St. Gallen; Swiss Finance Institute

Michalis Vasios

European Securities and Markets Authority

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Date Written: May 15, 2019


Using unique data at transaction and identity levels, we provide the first systematic study of interest rate swaps traded over the counter. We find substantial and persistent heterogeneity in derivative prices consistent with a pass-through of regulatory costs on to market prices via so-called valuation adjustments (XVA). A client pays a higher price to buy interest-rate protection from a dealer (i.e., the client pays a higher fixed rate) if the contract is not cleared via a central counterparty. This OTC premium decreases by posting initial margin and with higher buyer's creditworthiness. OTC premia are absent for dealers suggesting bargaining power.

Keywords: interest rate swaps, financial regulation, central clearing, over-the-counter market, valuation adjustments

JEL Classification: G12, G15, G18, G20, G 28

Suggested Citation

Cenedese, Gino and Ranaldo, Angelo and Vasios, Michalis, OTC Premia (May 15, 2019). University of St.Gallen, School of Finance Research Paper No. 2018/18, Journal of Financial Economics, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3233635 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3233635

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Michalis Vasios

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