The global clearing house LCH has just announced that 2018 was a record year for volumes across its clearing services at LCH Ltd and LCH SA.
Equities, fixed income, and OTC derivatives clearing services all surpassed 2017’s clearing activity.
Daniel Maguire, CEO, LCH Group, commented:
2018 was a strong year of delivery and innovation at LCH, where we have continued to work in partnership with our customers on an open access basis to further expand our products and services. We are extremely pleased with the traction and volume records we have seen across multiple services across both our CCPs, in Paris and London. We continue to provide our global customers with certainty and risk management expertise, and we look forward to continuing to build services and products further, in collaboration with our members and clients, in 2019 and beyond.
- Continued growth across services at both LCH Ltd and LCH SA
- Increased activity driven by new customers and additional flows from existing customers
- Over $1 quadrillion in notional cleared at SwapClear in 2018; $773 trillion notional compressed
- CDSClear, EquityClear, ForexClear and RepoClear also reported record volumes
The complete report, as seen on LCH Group’s website, reads as follows:
During 2018, LCH’s interest rate derivatives clearing service, SwapClear, processed over $1,077 trillion in notional, an increase of 23% and the first time over $1 quadrillion has been cleared in one year. Compression volumes also continued to rise, with over $773 trillion compressed over the year, up 27% on levels from 2017. During 2018, SwapClear’s compression services are estimated to have saved its customers $39.5 billion in capital.
SwapClear’s product offering, was expanded to include Non Deliverable Interest Rate Swaps in Chinese Yuan, Korean Won, and Indian Rupee, as well as LCH Ltd being the first CCP to introduce clearing of SOFR swaps, in July 2018.
In November 2018, LCH SwapAgent built out its non-cleared derivatives offering and processed its first swaptions trades, adding to its existing cross-currency swap offering. The service provides infrastructure to support and improve the effiicency of processing, margining and settling non-cleared derivatives.
LCH’s FX derivatives clearing service, ForexClear, continued to expand, reporting a record year in 2018, clearing over $17 trillion in notional, up 55%. Members and their clients directed increasing emerging market and G10 NDF flows into clearing to achieve greater efficiencies, and compressed $4.5 billion of cleared notional. The service also successfully launched clearing of deliverable FX Options in July 2018 in partnership with CLS – a first for the market – and received a licence for clearing NDFs in Japan.
CDSClear also significantly increased its market share, with a record of €1.2 trillion in notional processed across its CDS index and single names offering, an increase of 12% on 2017’s volumes. Five members are now onboarded to the service’s credit index options clearing service. In addition, end-user client clearing volumes increased by five times compared with the previous year. LCH SA continues to offer the broadest range of CDS products of any clearing house.
At RepoClear, the business reported the largest nominal amount cleared in the service’s history, with €197 trillion cleared across LCH Ltd and LCH SA, up 13% from 2017. The service has also seen 10 new memberships and over 75 market extensions across RepoClear Ltd and SA this year, reflecting members’ appetite to benefit from the expanding Sterling and Euro netting pools across the clearing houses.
LCH’s EquityClear service also had a good year, with 1.15 billion trades cleared at LCH Ltd, setting a new record. Volume growth was driven by onboarding of new clearing members and opening access to clearing from additional MTFs. The service has also expanded in the Nordic region and in Spain. Also this year, LCH SA’s EquityClear service onboarded Turquoise as an additional trading venue for Euronext Growth stocks, with a further extension to offer clearing of main market Euronext stocks planned for H1 2019.