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Central Clearing in a Post-Brexit World

Four weeks ago, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has recognized three central clearing counterparties (CCPs) from the United Kingdom – which will allow them to offer clearing services in the EU in case of a hard Brexit. Why… Continue Reading →

Clearing members as one-stop shops – More connections, more risk

Moving from decentralized financial markets to central clearing has a systemic consequence. Central Clearing Counterparties (CCPs) become central “nodes” in the market participant network. If clearing members are only connected to the CCP via clearing, CCP risk management can focus… Continue Reading →

Better Double-Safe than Sorry? CDS Counterparty Risk Mitigation

In a recent post, we discussed the Oehmke and Zawadowski (2017) paper. The authors identify hedging, speculation, and arbitrage as the main CDS trading motives. We now zoom in on one of these motives: hedging. The article “Mitigating Counterparty Risk”… Continue Reading →

Central Clearing in CDS Markets – Solution to a Non-Problem?

The financial crisis 2007/2008 again revealed that counterparty risk is front and center in financial markets. A consequence of counterparty risk: reliable market participants, with a low default probability, can require extra compensation for trading with riskier counterparties – at… Continue Reading →

Central Clearing and CDS Market Liquidity

We supervised a thesis this semester on the impact of central clearing on market liquidity for credit default swaps (CDS). In this post, we want to share the main results.

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