Common market best practice for pricing off-the-run or bespoke collateralized debt obligation tranches involves mapping implied base correlation surfaces calibrated from actively traded tranches such as those on the CDX or iTraxx.
Over the last few years, research in this area has resulted in a constant stream of improvements and refinements of this process. The term structure approach for base correlation surfaces is an important incremental improvement over commonly used methods for dealing with the maturity dimension of base correlation surfaces.
Frank talks about his role at Jefferies and how he is helping the firm build out a synthetic Collateralised Debt Obligation (CDO) origination, structuring and trading unit. The Q&A also covers significant developments in managed Collateralized Synthetic Obligations (CSOs) and Jefferies' presence in the Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) space. Read More
This blog is taken from the Quantifi webinar ‘Trends in Structured Credit Markets’. In the final blog in this series the expert panellists from Nomura and Brigade Capital Management answer questions from the audience covering CLOs, bespoke portfolios, the volume of index and bespoke tranches, volumes in the secondary market and the barrier to entry for new players. Read More
This blog is taken from the Quantifi webinar ‘Trends in Structured Credit Markets’. In the second blog in this series, the panellists from Nomura and Brigade Capital Management compare Collateralized Synthetic Obligations (CSO) vs Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), the aspects of short trading for CSOs, trading of whole capital structures and future prospects for the market. Read More
Following the credit crisis of 2008, tranche trading all but disappeared; it is now back with gusto. For example, bespoke tranche trading reached $80 billion issuance in 2018, and continues to grow rapidly. Although a far cry from pre-crisis level, there are encouraging signs for the market’s revival. In the first of this blog series, Kurt Koschnitzke, Executive Director, Structured Credit Trading, Nomura and Gaurav Tejwani, Portfolio Manager, Brigade Capital Management outline the different aspects of tranche trading. Read More
Jefferies Group LLC selected Quantifi to support its growing structured credit business. Jefferies Group LLC (Jefferies), the largest independent full-service global investment banking firm headquartered in the U.S, is a leader in providing insight, expertise and execution to investors, companies and governments. To support this synthetic CDO business, Jefferies sought to acquire a state-of-the-art pricing and analytics solution with enhanced capabilities for synthetic structured products, instead of developing its own in-house system. read more
YMER will use Quantifi to support the fund’s complex portfolios of diverse investment strategies. Quantifi was one of several providers considered by YMER. As a new fund, YMER wanted to partner with a reputable technology provider that was robust, easy-to-use and offered broad product coverage including complex assets. YMER also wanted a solution that would allow them to be up and running quickly and that could scale with the fund to meet future needs. read more
Buy-side firms face a rapidly changing operating environment. They need not only to comply with the regulations, but also to adapt to a new marketplace. The new goal is a performance-oriented trade and risk management execution strategy for asset allocation with a strong focus on stress-testing and scenario analysis. Read More
The Credit Magazine Technology Innovation Awards recognise the achievements of technology firms for their pioneering work in the credit market, particularly in response to the challenges in analytics, risk management, pricing and valuation. Quantifi was the first vendor to develop and introduce to the market a CVA tool that successfully captures all relevant drivers of the exposure, including correlations and volatilities for interest rate swaps, cross currency swaps, CDS and CDOs for both individual trades and/or portfolios. The groundbreaking Quantifi CVA solution was launched in mid-2010. This is the third consecutive year that Quantifi has been acknowledged by Credit Magazine for its innovative tools, having been recognised last year for the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) Pricing Model read more
Quantifi is the first vendor to develop and introduce to the market a CVA tool that successfully captures all relevant drivers of the exposure, including correlations (e.g., for wrong-way risk) and volatilities for Interest Rate Swaps, Cross Currency Swaps, CDS and CDO’s for both individual trades and/or portfolios. Advanced semi-analytic models make Quantifi CVA the fastest, most sophisticated and comprehensive CVA pricing tool on the market. It is designed to allow traders and risk managers to price new trades in seconds to help them identify the risk dynamics on the desk at the point of trade and to effectively hedge counterparty risk. read more