The SIC is an open-ended Index contract that provides exposure to full fixed-for-floating interest rate swaps via the FTSE Medium Term Interest Rate Swap (âMTIRSâ) Index Series, which consists of 45 indices covering the USD curve from two to 30 years, including spreads and butterfly trades. Other major currencies are planned for future release. Participants will be able to trade the contracts bilaterally before submitting them to PLUS-DX for clearing through LCH.Clearnet.
The Company has previously announced that, pending FSA approval, PLUS-DX is expected to begin trading in Q2 this year and believes it remains on-track to achieve this stated objective.
Commenting on the announcement, Chief Executive Officer, Cyril ThÃ©ret, said:
âWe have held detailed discussions with a wide range of market participants throughout the development of the Swap Index Contract. This innovative product responds precisely to their needs: it is simple, accessible and transparent. It allows all participants to manage their interest rate exposure and risk without the need to enter into onerous and complex interest rate swap agreements and is particularly appealing for those looking for a short term hedging solution.
âTodayâs announcement is an important step on the road to the delivery of the PLUS Derivatives Exchange which we expect to launch by the end of June. Governments and regulators are demanding centrally cleared alternatives to uncleared OTC interest rate swap trading models and this service does exactly that. As such, its launch represents a large commercial opportunity to PLUS Markets Group plc.â
Mike Bruno, Director of Index Research at FTSE Group, said:
"We are pleased to licence the FTSE MTIRS Index Series to Plus Markets, to create this new product for market use. The new Swap Index Contract comes at an exciting time in the growth of PLUS Markets and using FTSEâs rules-based design, will address long term risk, providing market participants globally with a transparent and tradable solution.â