Agreements

Agreements is Molecule's feature for Contract Management -- the management of the back-office impacts of ISDA agreements and the like.

What it Does

Agreements presents users with a centralized way to manage back-office attributes of bilateral trades in the system. With the Agreements feature turned on (by Molecule's Admin team), Trades are no longer given a payment date directly. Instead, payment date comes from the Agreement a trade is linked to. In that way, users can be sure that payment terms are centralized and correct across all trades.

In order to avoid getting in the way of Trade entry, our Agreements feature suggests agreements that match trades being entered.

Once an Agreement is associated with a trade, all attributes of the Agreement will flow to the trade. These attributes include payment terms and the presumption of netting. So, if an Agreement says that all gas trades get T+2 payment terms, then the payment date on linked trades will be settlement date + 2 business days (according to the Agreement's calendar). All Agreements share netting characteristics.

Recommending Agreements

In order to make trade entry easier, Molecule recommends Agreements, by matching the available agreements with the trade's attributes. When entering a trade, the Agreements box will only list matching Agreements. If only one Agreement matches, Molecule will default the field.

Matching attributes are:

  • Direction
  • Instrument Type
  • Commodity
  • Counterparty
  • Origin (trading company)
  • Trade Date (to Agreement effective start/end)

Note that an Agreement is not required for trade entry.

Setting up Agreements

To create an Agreement, simply head to the Agreements screen. Click the "Add Agreement" button:
Then add the Agreement's attributes. For an ISDA, these will be attributes on the primary contract's paper. Note the matching attributes (listed above) are what drive recommendations on Trades. Business Day Calendar, in concert with Annexes, drives payment terms. The rest of the fields on the Agreement are descriptive.

Finally, add the Agreement's Annexes. These are the commodities, directions, and instruments permitted for trading under the Agreement. Note that each Annex has a type (default or rule), as each Agreement can have one default whose payment terms override all rules.

At the right of each Annex are the Payment Terms. These are how Molecule will process payments for trades associated with each Annex. These dates coordinate with the calendar on the Agreement itself.

Special Features

  • Cloning: Molecule offers the ability to clone an Agreement for easier entry. From the Agreements screen, click the hamburger to the left of the Agreement ID. Then hit "Clone" to create a new Agreement with all the attributes of the old one.
  • Custom Fields: Molecule's Custom Fields feature works with Agreements as well. With it, reporting can include columns that are common to all trades sharing an Agreement. To edit Custom Fields on an Agreement, click the hamburger on the Agreements screen, and click Edit Custom Fields.

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