Mizuho Capital Markets LLC “Mizuho” as a registered swap dealer, is required to provide you a daily mid-market mark (the “Daily Mark”) for each uncleared swap transaction that we enter into with you. Mizuho is required to disclose the methodology used to prepare this regulatory Daily Mark. The methodologies and assumptions described below are solely for the purpose of satisfying Mizuho’s obligations to you under 17 CFR § 23.431(d) with respect to the transactions identified below. The information presented in this document is based on assumptions, historical information and pricing data that Mizuho in its discretion considers appropriate. Mizuho does not represent that this information is accurate, complete or current, and Mizuho has no liability with respect thereto. This information is intended only as a reference and should not be relied upon without further evaluation by you, in consultation with your professional advisors, for the maintenance of your books and records or for tax, accounting, financial reporting, disclosure or other purposes.
Please note that any Daily Mark we provide to you may not necessarily, and would often not be expected to be a price at which either we or you would agree to replace or terminate a swap; include adjustments you need to make internally to account for your credit reserves, funding or liquidity costs; unless otherwise expressly agreed, be the basis for margin calls and maintenance of collateral; or be the value of the swap that is marked on our books and records. Rather, it will represent a mathematical approximation of a market value as of a given date derived from proprietary models and methodologies based on certain assumptions regarding past, present and future market conditions or other factors, or from other sources of pricing information (e.g., third party quotes, prices on trading venues, or clearinghouse marks for comparable or interpolated Transactions). In our sole discretion, we may use a variety of models, methodologies and assumptions to prepare our Daily Mark, depending upon the type of Transaction, its characteristics, whether there is a liquid market, and other factors.
A Daily Mark for each swap is prepared by discounting future cashflows of the swap to arrive at a current value. For each index, interest rate curves, and, where necessary, volatilities, are determined on the basis of observable market inputs when available, and on the basis of estimates when observable market inputs are not available. These interest rate curves and volatility levels are used to estimate future cashflows that are not certain (for example floating interest rates or embedded optionality features). In some cases, we may use probabilistic models to determine the expected value of future cashflows. These estimated cashflows, along with future cashflows that are known with certainty, are then discounted to their present value using discount factors derived from relevant market inputs. Unless otherwise specified, the discounting rate used for single-currency interest rate swaps is the Overnight Index Swap (“OIS”) rate for the relevant currency, USD Fed Funds (effective) rate for the USD leg of FX swaps and multi-currency interest rate swaps, basis-adjusted curves for the non-USD legs of FX swaps, and multi-currency interest rate swaps and for interest rate swaps in currencies determined to have insufficient liquidity, and LIBOR for all other swaps.
In our sole discretion, we may use a variety of methodologies to prepare the estimated cashflows described above, including without limitation, Monte Carlo simulations or other mathematical pricing models. In our sole discretion, we may vary the inputs used in such simulations and modelling, and we are under no obligation to disclose to you the methodology used or the inputs thereto.
Mizuho provides the regulatory Daily Marks to you only in respect of uncleared swaps. For cleared swaps originally executed by you with us, you have the right to receive the daily mark from the relevant designated clearing organization upon request.
Daily Marks take into account unsettled cash payments due from one party to the other and are provided only in respect of swap transactions which have not terminated or been novated or otherwise transferred to a third party, notwithstanding any unsettled cash payments that may remain in respect of such a terminated, novated or otherwise transferred swap transaction.