CME Group, the derivatives marketplace, has announced that with the necessary regulatory approvals in place, it has begun clearing credit default swaps (CDS) through CME Clearing. On its first day of clearing, CME Group cleared both dealer to customer and interdealer CDS trades.
"Working closely with market participants on both the buy side and sell side we have begun to successfully clear CDS trades," said Laurent Paulhac, Managing Director, OTC Products and Services, CME Group. "We believe our solution is the most comprehensive credit default swap solution available and brings together a broad range of participants who support our offering."
"BlackRock will clear CDS based on the segregation and portability of customer collateral and the operational benefits provided by CME," said Richard Prager, Global Head of Fixed Income Trading, BlackRock. "We are pleased with the progress made with respect to ensuring transparency by leveraging the CME's proven risk management practices. We are excited that CME has launched its CDS clearing service and look forward to further participation."
"Our firm supports the development of clearing solutions which address the primary concerns of the investor community, which are the reduction of counterparty risk and development of regulatory regimes which protect customer margin and allow for trade portability following a dealer default," said Ted MacDonald, Treasurer of the D. E. Shaw group. "In this regard, we welcome the ability of our dealer counterparties to clear CDS transactions through a clearinghouse with both significant capital backing up trades and dedicated reserves which could be accessed by the other dealers should a clearing member default."
"The advent of central clearing of CDS for clients is a significant milestone and underscores the dealer community's commitment to help bring central clearing to investors," said Paul Mitrokostas, Chief Operating Officer, Credit Trading Barclays Capital. "We look forward to introducing our clients to the significant benefits of central clearing."
"The CDS market continues to make enormous progress with respect to the reduction of operational and systemic risk," said James Hill, Managing Director and Global Credit Derivatives Officer at Morgan Stanley. "Providing clients with access to clearinghouses for CDS transactions is a very important step in this evolution and we are happy to have worked closely with the CME, the dealer community and buy side firms to make this happen."