interest rate swap

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Interest rate swap

A binding agreement between counterparties to exchange periodic interest payments on some predetermined dollar principal, which is called the notional principal amount. For example, one party will pay fixed and receive variable.

Interest Rate Swap

The exchange of interest rates for the mutual benefit of the exchangers. The exchangers take advantage of interest rates that are only available, for whatever reason, to the other exchanger by swapping them. The two legs of the swap are a fixed interest rate, say 3.5%, and a floating interest rate, say LIBOR + 0.5%. In such a swap, the only things traded are the two interest rates, which are calculated over a notional value. Each party pays the other at set intervals over the life of the swap. For example, one party may agree to pay the other a 3.5% interest rate calculated over a notional value of $1 million, while the second party may agree to pay LIBOR + 0.5% over the same notional value. It is important to note that the notional amount is arbitrary and is not actually traded. This is also called a plain vanilla swap.

interest rate swap

See swap.

interest rate swap

see SWAP.
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Beginning April 15, 2003, Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), will launch a fixed-for-floating electricity financial swap contract which will allow market participants to exchange the differential between an electronically negotiated fixed-price and the hourly Pool Price as published by the Power Pool of Alberta.
NYSE: SFP) today announced the execution of a $150 million Notional Amount fixed-for-floating interest rate swap agreement with First Union National Bank, related to its recently issued $150 million 12.