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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Similar in structure to a plain vanilla swap, the key difference is the underlying of the swap contract. Rather than regular fixed and floating loan interest rates being swapped, fixed and floating investments are being exchanged.
An interest rate swap used to alter the cash flow characteristics of an institution's assets in order to provide a better match with its liabilities.
An exchange of two assets. A common example is the replacement of one debt obligation with another. A swap might convert a fixed rate asset to a floating rate asset in order to achieve a more favorable payment stream.