Central Counterparty Exposure in Stressed Markets

Management Science, Forthcoming

49 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2016 Last revised: 2 Feb 2020

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Wenqian Huang

Bank for International Settlements

Albert J. Menkveld

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Shihao Yu

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Date Written: January 31, 2020

Abstract

Time is valuable, particularly in stressed markets. As central counterparties (CCPs) have become systemically important, we need to understand the dynamics of their exposure towards clearing members at high frequencies. We track such exposure and decompose it which leads to the following insights. The composition of CCP exposure is fundamentally different in the tails. At extreme levels or during rapid increases, there is elevated crowding. This is the result of clearing members all concentrating their positions on a single security or a particular portfolio, desirable if motivated by hedging, worrying if due to speculation.

Keywords: Central counterparties (CCPs), Crowding risk, Market stress

JEL Classification: G10, G23, G20

Suggested Citation

Huang, Wenqian and Menkveld, Albert J. and Yu, Shihao, Central Counterparty Exposure in Stressed Markets (January 31, 2020). Management Science, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2886167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2886167

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Shihao Yu

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1081HV
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