Clearing

New clearing models aimed at the buy-side are emerging in Europe as mandatory clearing approaches. Watch our interview with Eurex

New European capital rules are set to be postponed amid ongoing talks between the EU and SEC.

On 17 May, OCC, the US clearinghouse that is the largest equity derivatives clearinghouse in the world, was placed on CreditWatch with negative implications by the ratings agency, S&P.

As the market in Europe prepares for the commencement of mandatory clearing, new clearing structures are being devised by CCPs (central counterparty clearinghouses) to make the process smoother, more cost efficient and, perhaps most pertinently, more collateral efficient for clients.

With increased demands being placed upon collateral, collateral management and optimisation has never been more important. Being able to source the right collateral at the right time is vital.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), ESMA’s US equivalent for futures market oversight, have officially come to agreement over equivalence between the clearing frameworks of the two jurisdictions. It spells the end of a long running dispute between the world’s two largest derivatives markets that has held up the implementation of mandatory central clearing, a key tenet of the G20’s 2009 Financial Reform Programme.

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