10.19.2016
By John D'Antona

Eris Adds Live Points On The Yield Curve

PRNewswire – CHICAGO – Eris Exchange (Eris), a U.S.-based futures exchange offering cash-settled swap futures as the leading alternative to traditional OTC swaps, began offering live streaming, tradable markets in 3Y and 4Y Eris Standard U.S. Dollar Interest Rate Swap Futures on August 29.  The launch increased the live points on the yield curve from five to seven, enabling new hedging and spread trading opportunities. The new streaming contracts complement previous live markets in 2Y, 5Y, 7Y, 10Y, and 30Y Eris Standards already streaming in Eris SwapBook.

3Y and 4Y Swap Futures were listed as contracts on January 11, 2016 along with 12Y, 15Y and 20Y tenors, and swap effective dates for all Standards out to 10 years, but were only available for trading by voice and electronic RFQ. Eris commenced the streaming offering in the 3Y and 4Y Swap Futures to satisfy participant desire for liquidity throughout the trading day in these points on the curve. This expansion provides unprecedented OTC swap-like yield curve granularity to the Eris Swap Futures yield curve.  3Y and 4Y Eris Standards set a combined open interest record of more than 2,100 contracts on October 7.

Carl Schmidt, CEO of Hydrus Capital, commented on the trading opportunities available with all day live markets in these two additional tenors, “Streaming 3Y Eris markets provide a liquid swap future in a part of the curve with real commercial hedging needs. Since the maturity of the 4Y Eris contract more closely matches CME Group’s U.S. Treasury 5Y Note Future, live streaming markets now facilitate easier spreading.”

“We are excited to be offering live streaming markets in these 3Y and 4Y Eris contracts, which were first listed at the start of the year,” said Geoff Sharp, Global Head of Sales at Eris Exchange. “These developments are further evidence and an endorsement of Eris as an alternative to the OTC interest rate swap market.”

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