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LCH’s CDSClear launches credit index options clearing

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LCH has extended its CDSClear platform to include the clearing of credit index options. This addition to LCH’s credit derivatives clearing service follows the launch of CDX high-yield clearing in July 2017.

LCH is the first CCP to design, develop and implement a risk framework for the clearing of credit index options. The model has been approved by European and French regulators, under the EMIR framework, as well as US regulators (CFTC and SEC). MarkitSERV, the post-trade service from IHS Markit, will process cleared credit index options for both dealer-to-dealer and dealer-to-client flows.
 
Frank Soussan (pictured), Global Head of CDSClear, LCH, says: “CDSClear continues to go from strength to strength, with a significant increase in volumes over the last 12 months. By extending CDSClear to the clearing of credit index options, members and clients can take advantage of significant funding, capital and operational benefits. This latest service is part of our continued expansion and innovation at CDSClear as more of the market moves toward clearing.”
 
“CDSClear’s launch of credit index options will provide us with more opportunities for netting and the ability to better manage initial margin,” says Samik Chandarana, head of Global Credit Index Trading at JP Morgan. “As the first framework of its kind, this is an important step in the evolution of this market.”
 
Francois Popon, Head of European CDS Trading, Societe Generale, says: “Evolving regulations as well as the significant capital and operational benefits have acted as a driver for us to make more use of clearing service. We look forward to continuing to work with CDSClear to achieve enhanced risk management and improved efficiency across our credit business.”
 
The CDSClear credit index options rollout will be introduced in two phases. Phase one will cover both interdealer and client flows for 1-month, 2-month and 3-month expiries on underlying CDS indices from IHS Markit, namely: iTraxx Main 5Y OTR & OTR-1 series and iTraxx Crossover 5Y OTR & OTR-1 series. Phase two, subject to regulatory approval will involve 1-month, 2-month and 3-month expiries on the underlying indices of: CDX IG 5Y OTR & OTR-1 series and CDX HY 5Y OTR & OTR-1 series.
 

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