Overbond, the first end-to-end Capital Markets fintech platform for primary bond origination, has unveiled its new Corporate Bond Intelligence Tool (COBI) Swap Pricing calculator with advanced analytics and visualisation.
The digital tool helps treasurers more effectively evaluate funding costs in multiple currencies and markets simultaneously.
Overbond’s COBI Swap, powered by Thomson Reuters data, is the first institutional-grade swap calculator that is offered industry-wide to fixed income capital markets participants.
The proprietary tool has been developed in response to the 40 percent surge in Canadian corporations issuing bonds offshore in the U.S. and Europe, equating to $157 billion in 2016 alone, and then swapping back into Canadian dollars – a trend examined in Overbond’s new “Cross-Border Bond Issuance Dynamics” study.
The COBI Swap enables corporate treasurers to better navigate structural changes in the fixed income market, access offshore bond markets, and achieve lower funding costs, along with natural hedge capabilities and funding diversification.
“Timely and accurate swap pricing is an essential tool that enables treasurers to more opportunistically access international markets to meet their debt funding requirements,” said Vuk Magdelinic, CEO of Overbond. “This app is a continuation of our fresh, innovative, and transparent approach to providing bond market participants with a diverse offering of critical capabilities and insights. We are pleased to offer this new technology industry-wide as an open platform, accessible on a non-subscription basis.”
Advanced features include real-time swapped equivalent rates for prospective new issues, instantaneous computation of CAD and USD single currency interest rate and cross-currency swap rates, and interactive swap curve visualisation for seamless comparison of implied funding costs against different benchmarks and in multiple markets. Overbond’s COBI Swap is unique in enabling a user to price up to five swaps in different tenors and rate types simultaneously. The app also provides the facility to download and export reports.
At launch the COBI swap pricer calculates USD/CAD swaps and will be expanded within weeks to include USD/EUR, a feature which will significantly benefit U.S. corporations.