What is a 'Swap Curve'

A swap curve is the name given to the swap's equivalent of a yield curve. The swap curve identifies the relationship between swap rates at varying maturities.

BREAKING DOWN 'Swap Curve'

Used in similar manner as a bond yield curve, the swap curve helps to identify different characteristics of the swap rate versus time.

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  1. What would motivate an entity to enter into a swap agreement?

    Learn why parties enter into swap agreements to hedge their risks, and understand how the different legs of a swap agreement ... Read Answer >>
  2. When was the first swap agreement and why were swaps created?

    Learn about the history of swap agreements, the first swap agreement between IBM and the World Bank, and how swaps have evolved ... Read Answer >>
  3. How are swap agreements financed?

    Learn how swap agreements are now cleared by swap execution facilities and require the use of collateral margin to hold, ... Read Answer >>
  4. What are some risks a company takes when entering a currency swap?

    Read about the risks associated with performing a currency swap, including counterparty credit risk in the event that one ... Read Answer >>
  5. Can bond traders trade on interest rate swaps?

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