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Derivatives clearing and settlement: a comparison of central counterparties and alternative structures

  • Robert R. Bliss
  • Robert Steigerwald
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    Most exchange-traded and some over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives are cleared and settled through clearinghouses that function as central counterparties (CCPs). Most OTC derivatives are settled bilaterally. This article discusses how these alternative mechanisms affect the functioning of derivatives markets and describes some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its journal Economic Perspectives.

    Volume (Year): (2006)
    Issue (Month): Q IV ()
    Pages: 22-29

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2006:i:qiv:p:22-29:n:v.30no.4
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    1. James T. Moser, 1998. "Contracting innovations and the evolution of clearing and settlement methods at futures exchanges," Working Paper Series WP-98-26, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
    2. Randall S. Kroszner, 1999. "Can the Financial Markets Privately Regulate Risk? The Development of Derivatives Clearing Houses and Recent Over-the Counter Innovations," CRSP working papers 493, Center for Research in Security Prices, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.
    3. Michael H. Moskow, 2006. "Public policy and central counterparty clearing," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, issue Q IV, pages 46-50.
    4. Bliss, Robert R. & Kaufman, George G., 2006. "Derivatives and systemic risk: Netting, collateral, and closeout," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 55-70, April.
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