Swap execution facilities have been meandering along for three years now, most of the nonincumbents dropping by the wayside, volume in the doldrums for over a year, and … boom! By the end of Q4 2016, this market is finally starting to get spicy:
- On the heels of Brexit becoming very real in the European Union and Trump having a surprise victory, U.S. interest rates unmistakably bottomed late in 2016 with the Fed hiking rates 0.25% in December and promising more to come—finally rising rates helped drive IRS volume up 25% year over year.
- Tullett Prebon closed its acquisition of ICAP’s broking business to form TP ICAP, and suddenly 60% of SEF business is controlled by the combined company, and the regulators are OK with that.
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