Commodities, Derivatives and Structured Products

Interest Rate & Currency Swap Structures - Part 1 (2021)


This eCourse consists of three modules. Module 1 looks at the key types of basis swap – cross-currency basis swaps, cross-index basis swaps, and tenor basis swaps – and their main uses. A basis swap is a swap where both parties make floating rate payments referenced to different bases.

Module 2 looks at the main structures used with currency swaps and provides realistic examples of the uses of these instruments. A currency swap is a transaction that involves the exchange of principal and interest payments based on two different currencies.

Module 3 looks at the structure of both single-currency and cross-currency asset swaps, the opportunities these instruments offer investors and the risks involved, and how an asset swap can be priced, using a worked example in Excel. An asset swap is an instrument that converts a fixed rate bond into a synthetic FRN.


On completion of this eCourse, you will be able to:
- Identify the main types of basis swap, namely, cross-currency basis swaps, cross-index basis swaps, and tenor basis swaps
- List the key applications of basis swaps
- Recognise the importance of covered interest parity to basis swaps
- Identify the main structures used with currency swaps, including the initial exchange of principal amount in different currencies and their re-exchange at maturity
- Recognize how swap principal is market to marked as FX rates change
- Identify the key applications of currency swaps, including the conversion of borrowing amounts, foreign currency revenues, and returns on synthetic assets to the desired currency
- Identify the key features of asset swaps
- Recognise the main motivations for investors to engage in asset swaps and the risks involved
- Recall how to price an asset swap in Excel


Module 1: Basis Swap
Topic 1: Overview of Basis Swaps
Topic 2: Cross-Currency Basis Swap
Topic 3: Cross-Index Basis Swap
Topic 4: Tenor Basis Swap
Topic 5: Basis Swaps & Covered Interest Parity (CIP)

Module 2: Swaps - Currency Swaps
Topic 1: Overview of Currency Swaps
Topic 2: Features of Currency Swaps
Topic 3: Currency Swap Pricing
Topic 4: Currency Swap Applications

Module 3: Swaps - Asset Swaps
Topic 1: Features of Asset Swaps
Topic 2: Investor Motivations & Risks
Topic 2: Pricing an Asset Swap


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