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Traveling with bitcoins

In the past 20 years, all industries have felt the impact of technological innovation. In some cases, this impact has been so great that disruption has occurred. A clear and often used example is the travel industry, where companies that did not exist 20 years ago, like AirBnB and Booking.com, are now major players.

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News Sentiment Analysis and Credit Risk

Do we still need humans to monitor and interpret qualitative data for our risk models?

Recent technological advances increase the possibility of using qualitative data in risk models to ensure a timelier recognition of threats. News articles, which can be seen as a type of unstructured data, are flooding the world every day. However, one can imagine the time it would take to manually process all this information. Recent developments in natural language processing (NLP) show some very promising results in automating that task by a computer. We assess the possibilities of these recent advances within credit risk management.

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SARON hedging strategies

Hedging of SARON exposure, Part II

On 5 March 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the official dates of the cessation and loss of representativeness of the LIBOR rates. As a result, 31 December 2021 will be the last day on which the CHF LIBOR will be published. During the last months, a multitude of informative documents were provided by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). As a follow-up from the previous article Hedging of SARON exposure, Part I: Explanatory power of SARON term and actual rates, this article assesses the different compounding methodologies with respect to hedging strategy.

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Explanatory power of SARON term and actual rates

Hedging of SARON exposure, Part I

On 5 March 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the official dates of the cessation and loss of representativeness of the LIBOR rates. As a result, 31 December 2021 will be the last day on which the CHF LIBOR will be published. During the last months, a multitude of information were provided by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). This article aims to provide an analysis of the prediction power of term and in advance rates.

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IBOR transition: fallback solutions in illiquid markets

At the end of this year, the LIBOR we currently know will be discontinued. For some currencies, the calculation methodology will be adjusted, while others will move to a brand new or alternative risk-free rate (RFR). This also holds for the dollar LIBOR, which will be replaced by the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR). However, some currencies use the USD LIBOR as a basis for their current reference rates, mainly due to liquidity concerns. Therefore, these FX implied rates face an additional challenge.

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