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Size is too simple a metric… It really doesn’t matter from a systemic point of view whether you have four banks or forty banks in a blogmarket. It’s the system’s asset concentration – principally in government debt and in mortgage debt – that can be dangerous.”

Sometimes it’s always good to keep brushing yourself, thought of sharing some important glossary on the OTC Market as I was refreshing self on last night:

  • Back loading: The action of clearing already existing bilateral OTC derivatives positions.
  • Collateral management : Typically, two parties enter into an OTC transaction under an Agreement (ISDA framework mainly) that specifies the contractual relationship between the two parties. As part of this Agreement, a specific document (Credit Support Annex/Deed under the ISDA framework) stipulates that some collateral will be exchanged between them to mitigate counterparty risk. Collateral, in the form of cash or securities, is mainly exchanged on the basis of the variation in the value of the exposure between the parties (value of all OTC contracts under the Agreement). This is often referred to as Variation Margin. In addition, Independent Amounts can be requested by one of the parties.

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Dr. David Murphy of the Deus ex Machiatto blog has published a comprehensive book on clearing of OTC derivatives (OTC blogDerivatives, Bilateral Trading and Central Clearing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I was surprised that the author information on the book cover flap does not mention the blog at all but gives prominence to his having been head of risk at ISDA..

The book presents a balanced discussion of most issues while of course leaning towards the ISDA view of things. Many of the arguments in the book against the clearing mandate would be familiar to those who read the Streetwise Professor blog. Yet, I need to read the book completely the information sharing is from the extract.

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OTC Derivatives Market

Size is too simple a metric… It really doesn’t matter from a systemic point of view whether you have four banks or forty banks in a market. It’s813530 the system’s asset concentration – principally in government debt and in mortgage debt – that can be dangerous.”

Thought of sharing some Important glossary on the OTC Market as I was refreshing self on last night :

As I wrote about central clearing some catastrophic bonds like to continue the series as lot of terminologies yet to be explored in this mammoth market of OTC derivatives. I had tried to accumulate few of them from various sources:
  • [h]ypothecation is when a borrower pledges collateral to secure a debt. The borrower retains ownership of the collateral but is “hypothetically” controlled by the creditor, who has a right to seize possession if the borrower defaults.
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