Interactive Data estimates that the company now covers nearly 95% of the total notional amount of interest rate swaps outstanding. In addition, to meet the growing demand for different, more complex structures of interest rate swaps, Interactive Data now delivers independent valuations of forward starting swaps. The expansion of the interest rate swap valuation service complements the independent valuations for other alternative investments that Interactive Data delivers, including syndicated bank loans, single name credit default swaps (CDS), and CDS trades linked to the Dow Jones CDX(TM) and iTraxx(TM) families of indices.
Interactive Data generates two interest rate swap valuations each day: based on curves at the end of the day in London (16:30 GMT) and New York (16:00 ET). Interactive Data can deliver either valuation, or both, to customers, depending on their needs. The valuations of interest rate swaps are based on benchmark curves from ICAP, the world’s premier interdealer broker, other various sources, and trade details input by customers.
“Interactive Data is actively increasing its coverage of complex structured products in line with the needs of our clients and emerging industry trends,” said Shant Harootunian, managing director of evaluated services, Interactive Data Pricing and Reference Data. “Recent market volatility, the growing complexity of financial instruments and the introduction of new regulations, have led to increased client demand for a broad range of independent valuations from a single provider. We will continue to work closely with our clients to understand their requirements, and aim to provide services that can help reduce the time, cost and effort associated with portfolio valuation processes.”
The interest rate swap valuation service is available on a standalone basis and as a module of FTS(SM), Interactive Data’s online portfolio administration service. The service offers user-friendly setup screens and the ability to upload trade data and download output files.