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Central counterparty exposure in stressed markets

Wenqian Huang, Albert Menkveld and Shihao Yu

No 833, BIS Working Papers from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: Time is valuable, particularly in stressed markets. As central counterparties (CCPs) have become systemically important, we need to understand the dynamics of their exposure towards clearing members at high frequencies. We track such exposure and decompose it, yielding the following insights. The composition of CCP exposure is fundamentally different in the tails. At extreme levels or during rapid increases, there is elevated crowding. This is the result of clearing members all concentrating their positions on a single security or a particular portfolio, which is desirable if motivated by hedging but worrying if due to speculation.

Keywords: central counterparties (CCPs); crowding risk; market stress (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 G23 G20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 51 pages
Date: 2019-12
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