United States: ISDA Updates And Consolidates 2021 Interest Rate Derivatives Definitions
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ISDA highlighted the key changes made in the 2021
ISDA Interest Rate Derivatives Definitions. The booklet provides “the framework for documenting over-the-counter interest rate
ISDA stated that the updated and consolidated terms include:
- the Mark-to-Market Matrix and the Compounding/Averaging Matrix,
which are substantively the same as those under the 2006
- the Floating Rate Matrix, which includes the Floating Rate
Options that had been previously set out in the main book;
- the Currency/Business Day Matrix, which includes the
definitions of currencies and their principal financial centers;
- the Settlement Matrix, which has been expanded and consolidates
provisions previously contained in several matrices under the 2006
In addition, ISDA noted other key changes, including: (i)
calculation agent provisions; (ii) days, dates and periods; (iii)
calculation of fixed and floating amounts; (iv) floating rate
options; (v) overnight rate conventions; (vi) general fallbacks;
(vii) exercise of swaptions/optional early terminations; (viii)
cash settlement provisions; (ix) currency provisions; and (x)
digital publication and implementation.
ISDA cautioned that the changes between the 2006 and 2021
Definitions, whether to key terms or provisions, may result in
different economic outcomes, and it is not possible to provide “definitive guidance” as to the result.
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