Axis Bank’s Treasury Services has one of the largest Rupee Derivatives desk with a wide product coverage including Currency Swaps, LTFX and Options.
The services offered by Axis Bank include Overnight Index Swaps, Currency Swaps, Long Tenor Forwards (LTFX), Currency Options, Deferred Currency Options, Foreign Currency Interest Swaps & Collars.
Overnight Index Swaps (OIS)
Overnight Interest rate swaps are rupee swaps where the floating rate is benchmarked to the overnight NSE MIBOR Rate.
These swaps are widely used by Banks and Corporates to hedge the interest rate risks. The users may undertake these swaps for shifting its liability from fixed rate to floating rate (or vice verse)
Users : Mutual Funds, PDs, Banks, Corporates with interest rate exposure
Currency Swaps are swaps wherein Corporates shifts its interest or principal (or both) liability from one currency to other. The utility of undertaking these structures comes from cost advantage or hedging rational.
Users : Corporates with Rupee (or foreign currency) loan
Long Tenor Forwards (LTFX)
Long Term Forward Contracts are forward contract for longer duration; with tenor more than one year. USD INR Forward with tenor less than one year are readily quoted in the market while forwards for longer tenor are derived from its constituents swaps and shorter tenor forwards
Users : Exporters, Importers, Corporates with foreign currency balance sheet exposure
Currency Options are instruments which give Corporates right to buy (or sell) a currency at a particular rate and a particular rate. As against a forward there is only right and no obligation on buyer and hence there is a cost involved in plain vanilla options.
Users : Exporters, Importers, Corporates with currency risk in balance sheet
Deferred Currency Options
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) via clarification dated 25th January 2012 has allowed Banks to offer vanilla option structures of tenor more than 1 year with premium receivable on deferred basis. Subsequently RBI also allowed certain cost reduction structures to be offered to clients with premium payable on deferred basis
Users : Primarily Corporates with currency risk in balance sheet (ECB, Foreign Currenly Loan)
Foreign Currency Interest Swaps and Collars
These instruments are used for hedging floating Libor exposure in foreign currency loan or ECB
Users : Corporates with Libor denominated foreign currency loan