Swap Rate Fallback: Unreasonable Effectiveness of Approximations and Alternatives
13 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2022
Date Written: May 1, 2022
Cash-settled swaptions with collateral discounting are impacted by the Swap Rate fallback mechanisms decided by working groups/ISDA. The legacy vanilla swaptions are becoming exotic products, as the mechanism is based on a non-linear transformation of the OIS swap rate, and generate convexity adjustments. It turns out that those two effects almost cancel each other and lead to almost vanilla products. We analyse those cancelling effects and the risk management impacts. Based on those insights, we propose an adjusted fallback mechanism that reduces further the exotic features and simplify further the risk management of the legacy book.
Keywords: swaption, LIBOR transition, fallback, vanilla options, convexity adjustment
JEL Classification: G13, G15, G23, K12
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