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ISDA 2012 Margin Survey Results: Collateralization Continues to Increase in OTC Derivatives Markets

May 1, 2012

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

 

ISDA 2012 Margin Survey Results:
Collateralization Continues to Increase in OTC Derivatives Markets

 

CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 – The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) today released results from its 2012 ISDA Margin Survey at its 27th Annual General Meeting in Chicago.

 

The 2012 Margin Survey reveals that market participants continue to expand their use of collateral to mitigate over-the-counter derivatives credit exposures. Among large dealers, 84 percent of all transactions are now executed with the support of a collateral agreement, up from 80 percent in 2011, with96 percent of all trades executed in the credit derivatives markets subject to collateral arrangements.

 

The Survey shows that 76 percent of collateral delivered by respondents for non-cleared derivatives consists of cash while the remaining 24 percent consists of government securities and other collateral.

 

The 2012 Margin Survey also reports that 100 percent of large dealers and 75 percent of all survey respondents indicated that they pro-actively perform portfolio reconciliations.

 

“Over the past 12 years, the Margin Survey has provided a consistent set of benchmarks for collateral use,” said Robert Pickel, ISDA Chief Executive Officer. “As the survey clearly demonstrates, collateralization remains among the most widely used methods to mitigate counterparty credit risk in the OTC derivatives market, and market participants have increased their reliance on collateralization over the years.  In an evolving regulatory environment that seeks to reduce the counterparty risk associated with derivatives, the continued use of bilateral collateralization has, in the same way as clearing, an important role to play in risk mitigation.”

 

The role of central counterparties (CCPs) in clearing trades and in managing collateral is of growing importance.  This year, the Survey asked 14 large dealers to indicate their levels of collateralization with central counterparties. The 2012 Margin Survey reports that the large dealers delivered approximately $50 billion of collateral as margin in central counterparties: $49.6 billion in their executing broker capacity and $0.7 billion in their clearing member capacity.

 

The 2012 Margin Survey also shows that active collateral agreements number almost 138,000, of which 85 percent are ISDA agreements.

 

Collateralization, the increase in clearing, and the effectiveness of netting and portfolio compression all work toward the same goal – reducing counterparty risk. Gross credit exposure of OTC derivatives after netting and collateral is approximately 0.1 percent of outstanding notional amounts. Significant progress in each of these areas has been achieved and continues to be made as the industry works proactively and cooperatively with regulators and policy makers globally.

 

Of the 51 firms responding to the 2012 ISDA Margin Survey, 43 are banks or broker-dealers. The remaining participants consisted of hedge funds, insurers, government agencies and government-sponsored entities. 

 

Each year the Margin Survey evolves slightly to reflect market developments, and thus in the 2012 Survey more attention is paid to collateralization of cleared derivatives, in addition to coverage of the bilateral, uncleared market.  The Margin Survey is part of a broader set of ISDA initiatives in the area of collateral, including documentation, best practices and practitioner guidelines. 

 

The Margin Survey is available in the ISDA website’s Research section under Surveys:
http://www2.isda.org/functional-areas/research/surveys/margin-surveys/

 

For Media Enquiries, Please Contact:
Lauren Dobbs, ISDA Chicago AGM office, +1 312 565 7418 or +1 312 565 7419, ldobbs@isda.org

Rebecca O’Neill, ISDA Chicago AGM office, +1 312 565 7418 or +1 312 565 7419, roneill@isda.org
Donna Chan, ISDA Hong Kong, +852 2200 5906, dchan@isda.org

 

About ISDA 2012 Margin Survey

ISDA’s annual Margin Survey, first published in 2000, provides information about the use of collateral in the OTC derivatives business. The data used in the 2012 Margin Survey is sampled as of December 30, 2011. Each year the Margin Survey evolves slightly to reflect market developments, and thus in the 2012 Survey more attention is paid to collateralization of cleared derivatives, in addition to coverage of the bilateral, uncleared market.  The Margin Survey is part of a broader set of ISDA initiatives in the area of collateral, including documentation, best practices and practitioner guidelines. 

 

About ISDA

Since 1985, ISDA has worked to make the global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets safer and more efficient. Today, ISDA is one of the world’s largest global financial trade associations, with over 820 member institutions from 58 countries on six continents. These members include a broad range of OTC derivatives market participants: global, international and regional banks, asset managers, energy and commodities firms, government and supranational entities, insurers and diversified financial institutions, corporations, law firms, exchanges, clearinghouses and other service providers. Information about ISDA and its activities is available on the Association's web site: www.isda.org.

 


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