Eurex Clearing presents central clearing solution for credit derivatives

Solution presented today on invitation by the Fed in New York/ Eurex Clearing accompanied by the European Central Bank
(PresseBox) (Frankfurt am Main, ) Eurex Clearing today presented a central clearing solution for credit derivatives on invitation by the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. The proposal received support from European authorities who also participated in today's meeting. The Deutsche Bundesbank also backs a European central clearing solution for OTC credit derivatives which will enhance the soundness and stability of European financial markets.

Eurex intends to build a consortium structure aiming to provide shared governance and control. The solution consists of two stages: first, Eurex offers a ready-to-use solution for iTraxx® index contracts, as well as certain single name CDS products. CDX® contracts will be added, subject to signing a license arrangement with Markit. In the first half of 2009, this offering will be complemented by an OTC clearing solution for ISDA documented credit derivatives. The Eurex Clearing solution will be directly linked into the existing data warehouse infrastructure.

Thomas Book, member of the Eurex Executive Board and responsible for clearing, said: "Eurex and Eurex Clearing firmly believe that central clearing services are the most suitable option to effectively mitigate existing counterparty risk in OTC credit markets and improve market transparency - both elements are key to a sustainable reduction of systemic risk in credit markets on a global scale. Eurex Clearing's central counterparty clearing model has proven resilient and robust for listed futures and options products, especially during the recent turbulence in the financial markets."

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