Central Counterparty Clearing House
Central Counterparty Clearing House. A clearing house that helps facilitate trading in derivatives and equities markets
These clearing houses are often operated by the major banks in the country. The house's prime responsibility is to provide efficiency and stability to the financial markets that they operate in.
There are two main processes that are carried out by CCPs: clearing and settlement of market transactions.
- Clearing relates to identifying the obligations of both parties on either side of a transaction.
- Settlement occurs when the final transfer of securities and funds occur.
CCPs benefit both parties in a transaction because they bear most of the credit risk. If two individuals deal with one another, the buyer bears the credit risk of the seller, and vice versa. When a CCP is used the credit risk that is held against both buyer and seller is coming from the CCP, which in all likelihood is much less than in the previous situation.
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