Whitepapers

As a recognised thought leader, Quantifi publishes whitepapers and articles that offer valuable insight on key topics related to the financial markets. Stay up to date with our latest whitepapers by following us on LinkedIn.  

October 2020

How to Accelerate XVA Performance

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by Quantifi & Intel

One of the key challenges of XVAs is that adjustments need to be calculated on a portfolio basis rather than trade by trade. This requires dealing with a large number of computations and orders of magnitude more calculations for accurate results. The calculation of XVAs is highly complex, combining the intricacies of derivative pricing with the computational challenges of simulating a full universe of risk factors. Given the strategic importance of XVA, banks require enhanced capabilities and modern infrastructures to calculate the required credit, funding, and capital adjustments. As banks look to reduce, mitigate, and optimize XVA and other capital charges, they are making investment in XVA capabilities in an attempt to solve the computational challenge of simulating a full universe of risk factors.
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The IBOR Transition: Challenges and the Road Ahead

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by Quantifi & Irina Ursachi

Interbank Offered Rates (IBORs) play a pivotal role in the functioning of financial markets. The transition away from IBOR represents one of the biggest challenges facing financial services firms. The reform has been ongoing for more than two years, during which market-infrastructure providers, regulators, buy- and sell-side firms and trade associations have merged their efforts in steering some of the most complex transformation programmes the financial industry has undertaken. This paper explores the development of the IBOR reform. The first part details the status quo, some of the various aspects and challenges involved and outlines the effects of migrating from IBORs to risk-free rates. The second part of the paper outlines the preparations firms need to make to accommodate a smooth transition.
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July 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Credit Markets

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by Quantifi

The COVID-19 (C19) pandemic has severely affected global markets, causing economic disruption at unprecedented speed and on a hitherto unknown scale. With the spread of the virus accelerating by mid-March 2020, the US economy has been severely impacted and there are understandable concerns about the damage caused to the worldwide economy. This paper explores the effects of the pandemic on the credit derivatives market and, more specifically, how recent bankruptcies affected North American high yield (NA HY) CDS index trading, including CDX.NA.HY indices and the options on them.
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Managing Liquidity Risk in Times of Stress

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by Quantifi

Historically, liquidity risk has been the poor cousin of market risk and credit risk. While the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 first pushed the issue of liquidity risk to the forefront of attention, the most recent market dislocation due to the COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the salient significance of the topic. This is particularly so for institutional investment managers who have to meet margin calls, perform regular fund rebalancing, execute redemptions, among other potentially liquidity-threatening activities. Failure to afford liquidity risk management the focus and priority jeopardizes the health of an institution, perhaps fatally so.
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March 2019

How to Manage Cryptoasset Credit Risk

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by Quantifi & OKCoin

This whitepaper provides an insight into the risks inherent to the cryptoasset market and can be broken into three parts. Section one of this paper looks at the significance of credit risk associated with exchanges, custody and prime brokerage services. The second section explores counterparty risk in a traditional financial institutional setting. The final section provides insights on how to extend the traditional credit risk framework to the cryptoasset industry. Overall, we aim to bridge the credit and counterparty risk considerations between incumbent and cryptoasset institutions.

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February 2019

Understanding the Cryptoasset Market

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by Quantifi & OKCoin

The technological advancements behind cryptoassets have come a long way and have the potential to disrupt the financial system as we know it. Central banks and other financial institutions can play a key role in shaping this landscape. However, this global phenomenon is creating confusion on multiple levels i.e. how individual cryptoassets differ from one another and the role of the major participants in the cryptoasset ecosystem. With the buzz around bitcoin, altcoins, cryptocurrencies and tokens, a whole new financial ecosystem has been created. In this whitepaper, we will discuss the taxonomy of cryptoassets, market participants and the current capital market landscape.

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August 2018

Part 2: How Blockchain Could Change the Financial Markets

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by Quantifi, Noble & OKCoin

This whitepaper focuses on the applications of blockchain technology on various aspects of the capital markets. The blockchain technology platform is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) system, which has triggered a fundamental challenge to the nature of money, transforming current business processes. It is one of the most disruptive technologies available at present, designed to simplify the value chains around trading, payment and market infrastructure. If fully adopted, blockchain will create a more efficient, more transparent and more secure marketplace whilst reducing transaction processing costs.

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