Tasty dollar swaps drive dollar range accrual deals
Investors in non-Japan Asia, as well as from Africa and the Middle East, drove demand for dollar callable range accruals from double-A rated banks in Europe and Australia, as a sell-off in US swap rates allowed higher returns on these trades. The sell-off also drove demand for 30 year zero coupon callables.
The 10 year US dollar swap was up about 15bp on the day on Wednesday, according to one dealer, while the 30 year swap rate peaked north of 4.2% on Wednesday, coming back down to 4.09% on Thursday afternoon, having gone below 400bp on Monday and early on
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