The buy-side and non-financial institutions are increasingly seeking collateralised alternatives to unsecured cash deposits as they have a heightened counterparty and concentration risk awareness following the financial crisis. The current low interest rate environment is also making cash deposits less attractive.
Triparty repos are a safer alternative to unsecured cash deposits. An additional advantage of triparty repos for the buy-side is that they will be able to re-use the securities they received as collateral for other purposes such as central counterparty margining.
The Liquidity Alliance, including ASX (Australia), Cetip (Brazil), Clearstream (Luxembourg), Iberclear (Spain) and Strate (South Africa), will be able to meet this demand by giving the buy-side an option to collateralise triparty repos with banks through 360T, a platform for foreign exchange and money markets trading.
Buy-side customers will be able to trade triparty repos via the same 360T frontend they use for FX and other money market trades. After confirmation on the platform, all relevant data will automatically be routed straight through to the collateral service of the local member of The Liquidity Alliance, hence minimising the back-office burden and operational risks.
Mathew Kuppe, Managing Director, 360T Asia Pacific, commented: “360T already has buy-side customers in all domestic markets of members of The Liquidity Alliance. The Liquidity Alliance will now have the option to offer these customers the benefit of collateralised trading which was previously only available to financial institutions, via an integrated front end.”
360T has been in a partnership with Clearstream to offer triparty repo trading for banks and the buy-side via the Global Liquidity Hub since 2013. The acquisition of 360T in October 2015 by Deutsche Börse Group, of which Clearstream is a member, now enables Clearstream to extend its joint services with 360T to all members of The Liquidity Alliance in a white-labelled manner. The Liquidity Alliance members will independently review local regulatory conditions and demand from the buy-side for the service.
The Liquidity Alliance was formed in 2013 by five market infrastructures:
Associated members of the Liquidity Alliance are:
Each of the Liquidity Alliance members are financial market infrastructures which are cooperating and developing collateral management solutions to address the growing present and future global needs for more collateral. Their main mission is to share information and ideas in order to create opportunities for their customers and for the wider industry while promoting best-practice in liquidity and collateral management. The Liquidity Alliance will encourage greater pan-industry partnership and cooperation through promotion of expert insight, ideas and research to be shared with industry peers, media and interested parties through communication activities such as conferences and events.