DEFINITION of 'Extendable Swap'
An exchange of cash flows between two counterparties, one of whom pays interest at a fixed rate and one of whom pays interest at a floating rate, in which the fixedrate payer has the right to lengthen the term of the arrangement. The fixedrate payer might want to exercise its right to extend the swap if interest rates were rising because it would profit from continuing to pay a fixed, belowmarket rate of interest and receiving an increasing market rate of interest from the floating rate.
BREAKING DOWN 'Extendable Swap'
The additional feature of an extendable swap makes it more expensive than a plain vanilla interest rate swap. That is, the fixed rate payer will pay a higher fixed interest rate and possibly an extension fee. The opposite of an extendable swap is a cancelable swap, which gives one counterparty the right to terminate the agreement early.

Callable Swap
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Putable Swap
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Delayed Rate Setting Swap
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Bond Market Association (BMA) Swap
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Asset Swap
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FixedForFloating Swap
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Investing
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Trading Strategies
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Professionals
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Investing
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Investing Basics
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Investing Basics
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Professionals
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Professionals
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What are the risks involved with swaps?
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What would motivate an entity to enter into a swap agreement?
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