This is an interim staff report that provides preliminary analysis and findings related to activity in the cleared derivatives markets regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission1 (CFTC) during March and April of 2020.
OCC has announced the hire of David Ye as Chief Risk Officer and a member of OCC’s Management Committee. With over 20 years of leadership experience in financial and operational risk management, including executive positions at State Street Global Markets and Nomura Holding Americas, Ye will be responsible for implementing OCC’s risk management strategy.
Transcend launches CCP Central: the first platform to connect and automate margin and collateral management activities across a global network of Central Clearing Counterparties
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) has published its latest annual margin survey, which shows a substantial increase in the amount of initial margin (IM) and variation margin (VM) collected by the 20 largest market participants for their non-cleared derivatives trades last year.
A post-trade trial between Credit Suisse and Nomura indicates the future for equities clearing, if blockchain technology can be scaled to meet the needs of a global equities market. Gillian Tett from the FT explains more.
Incentives are at the heart of CCP’s robust risk management. Our newly published paper delves into the key CCP concept of skin-in-the-game (SIG), considers its purpose as an incentive for CCPs’ risk management, analyse SIG requirements across different jurisdictions and compares it to the rest of the default management resources available at CCPs to deal with market stresses.
LCH has cleared the first Israeli Shekel-denominated interest rate swaps.
ILS is the latest currency to be cleared at SwapClear, which offers clearing for interest rate derivatives in 27 currencies. Clearing brokers supporting ILS include Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and J.P. Morgan.
ISDA has published a paper illustrating the wide variety of terms in cleared IRS. ISDA suggest that there may be a perception that by mandating clearing for OTC products they have become 'standard' rather than their variable nature in the wild. Those of us on the inside of the market know this not to be the case, but just to prove a point, ISDA and DTCC have assembled the data to show how variable cleared OTC IRS can be.