Central Counterparty Exposure in Stressed Markets

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Wenqian Huang

Bank for International Settlements

Albert J. Menkveld

VU Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

Shihao Yu

VU Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

Date Written: March 21, 2019

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 (March 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2886167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2886167

Wenqian Huang

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Albert J. Menkveld (Contact Author)

VU Amsterdam ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA) ( email )

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Shihao Yu

VU Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands
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Tinbergen Institute ( email )

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Netherlands
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