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Running a Book

The act of managing a portfolio of a specific type of financial instrument/product. For example, running a book of swaps refers to holding a portfolio of swaps usually by a swap dealer without seeking to offset each swap with an identical mirror swap. In this sense, the swap dealer becomes a counterparty to every swap held in its portfolio. The dealer earns, for its services as a dealer, a pay-receive spread (bid-ask spread) which is equal to the difference between the swap coupon the dealer pays and swap coupon the dealer receives.

Running a book is also referred to as warehousing.

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