Mar-19 SOFR Market Adoption

As part of our ongoing efforts to help you monitor the potential replacement of LIBOR and/or OIS by newly designated alternative reference rates (ARR), we have summarized the latest market activity for the ARR for USD LIBOR, SOFR. Further details about these market changes are available in our LIBOR Replacement Watchlist.

You can also download this market summary.

SOFR Swap Trading-to-date

SOFR-based OIS trading grew significantly at the start of 2019 and both notional and trade count continue to grow for OIS and Basis Swaps. See ISDA Analysis for more details.

ISDA Analysis on SOFR Swaps Table - Traded Notional


ISDA Analysis on SOFR Swaps Table - Trade Count

ISDA Analysis on SOFR Swaps. (For trades reported to DTCC and Bloomberg SDRs which are required to be disclosed under US regulatory guidelines.)

SOFR Futures Trading-to-date

SOFR futures trading also saw significant acceleration at the beginning of the year with OI increasing 42% in January. For more details, check out the latest SOFR futures recap from the CME.

CME Futures Volume Chart
CME Futures Volume Chart

SOFR-based Debt Issuances-to-date

Likewise, SOFR debt issuances picked up pace considerably with a new monthly high of $16.4 billion issued in February. Total cash issuance is now at $70B from 19 different institutions.

SOFR Debt Issuances Table
SOFR Debt Issuances-to-date. Sources: CME, Bloomberg

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