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LCH, a leading global clearing house majority owned by London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LON:LSE), has announced that it has cleared a total of $745 million G10 FX NDFs currency pairs through its ForexClear service.
This volume was achieved within one month of the new product’s go live at LCH. By clearing these additional currency pairs at ForexClear, market participants will benefit from the efficiencies of clearing over a broader product set.
The new NDF currency pairs reflect the five most actively traded G10 currencies: Australian Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, Pound Sterling and Swiss Franc, against the US Dollar. Expanding ForexClear’s coverage to incorporate these pairs increases opportunities for capital optimisation, by increasing the number of products eligible for clearing at LCH.
Paddy Boyle, Global Head of ForexClear, LCH, said:
We’re pleased with the strong adoption to date of this product among our active membership. Since the advent of the uncleared margin rules in 2016, we’ve seen a tremendous surge in NDF clearing. Now that we have expanded our product set into the G10 currencies, we anticipate continued take up among our members and their clients as they seek to use their capital in the most efficient way.
Mike Curtis, Managing Director, Business Resource Management, Nomura, said:
This gives Nomura another valuable tool for reducing Bilateral SIMM FX Risk and the costs from its associated Initial Margin.We have used LCH Cleared G5 FX NDFs in multilateral risk reduction runs and also for bilateral risk reducing trades. They are very helpful when used in conjunction with large FX Option customer novations.
The expanded ForexClear service now clears 17 currency pairs, incorporating emerging market currencies.
LCH is a group of leading multi-asset clearing houses that provides proven risk management capabilities across a range of asset classes. As demand for robust clearing services continues to grow, LCH is committed to maintaining the highest standards of risk management across all our services.