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Why collateral management is important. How collateral management works. The advantages of cross product collateral management. The terms used in collateral management. The advantages and disadvantages of collateral management.
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1. Why collateral is important
2. How collateral works
3. Cross product collateral management
4. Collateral in action
5. Collateral terminology
19th January 2012
The firm identified that counterparty credit exposures on OTC derivatives was adversely affecting the ability to trade. It was agreed that collateral management was a solution. But the firm did not want to invest in a collateral management system and have all the operational support issues.
16th October 2009
Counterparty credit exposure (CCE) is a big issue it's why you have credit limits. When you lend money the risk is clear, will you get repaid? But with over the counter derivatives (like swaps) credit exposures are harder to see but nevertheless they are real. Derivatives with positive mark-to-market values generate credit risk. Why? Because default by the counterparty puts your profit at risk. One solution is collateral management. This involves a regular trade portfolio valuation and a net exchange of margin or collateral between the two parties involved. Collateral management is a process; it mitigates your credit risk but at the same time increases your operational risks. It's too easy to focus on the credit aspect of collateral without identifying what else could go wrong. Let's have a look at ten of the main concerns. It's not an exhaustive list but it may help you identify where improvements can be made.