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.  

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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Part 1: Blockchain Technologies

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by Quantifi, Noble & OKCoin

Over the last 20 years, there have been significant technology advancements in the financial markets. Most recently, the interest in blockchain has been huge. This new technology has the potential to redefine operations and improve the efficiency, security and economics of the financial industry. It is time for financial institutions to change and benefit from the possibilities of distributed technologies. Firms are investing millions in developing blockchain applications. Few now doubt that blockchain could soon revolutionise the global financial services industry.

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December 2017

Portfolio Diversification in FRTB

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by Quantifi & BearingPoint

The global financial crisis exposed the shortcomings of market risk management practices of the trading book. In January 2016, the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS) overhauled the approach to assess capital requirements with the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB). With a 2019 deadline, FRTB is expected to have significant impact on financial institutions and financial markets in terms of infrastructure, capital requirements and operational controls. Banks must adhere to the rules of the fundamental review of the trading book to avoid higher capital requirements.

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