UBS Warburg today plans to go live with a web site that will give clients indicative prices for LIBOR-based fixed income derivatives products. Derek Yates, director-fixed income derivatives in London, said the site will cover 90%--in terms of volume--of products the department offers, including swaps, swaptions, caps and floors denominated in seven currencies. These are Australian, Canadian, Hong Kong, Singapore and U.S. dollars, euro and sterling. Execution will still be handled via a telephone call, as Yates believes there are still speed and reliability problems with pure Internet execution.
UBS Warburg is launching the site now following the completion of a six-month pilot study with a small group of customers, which confirmed there was demand for the service. UBS Warburg looked at setting up the site because it wanted to give clients a "synthetic whiteboard" to price derivatives and to help marketers explain products and scenarios to clients, according to Yates.
The UBS site is unique because it shows bid/offer spreads priced directly from the trading desk, Yates contends. For liquid products the price the client sees on the screen will be at least as good as the price they get when they phone the sales team to transact.