July 2017

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The demand for OTC derivatives collateral is ramping up worldwide. In Asia, like everywhere, there are outstanding questions about how much collateral will be needed and where will it come from. Some of this will be determined by Credit Support Annexes (CSAs) between end-users and dealers: the more conservative the CSA, the more demand for specific collateral types, and vice-versa. The need for collateral to meet Initial Margin (IM) and Variation Margin (VM) requirements is one of the more difficult parts of the new rules for fully invested buy-side institutions.

This Finadium research report evaluates the market conditions that are pushing Asian investors towards repo as a mechanism for obtaining cash that can be used as OTC derivatives collateral, especially for trades with international banks. If repo becomes a popular vehicle for raising cash, this may result in a broader shift in Asia away from unsecured funding towards secured funding including both repo and securities lending. This trend could have broad consequences for investors and service providers in the region, and result in new considerations for revenue generation and the management of underutilized assets.

This report should be read by Asian investors across OTC derivatives, repo and securities lending, and their service providers. It may also be of interest to regional regulators.

This report is 14 pages with two exhibits.

■ Executive Summary

■ Why This Time May Be Different

■ The Drivers of Change

■ An Argument for Unsecured Funding

■ Big Changes or Slow Crawls?

■ About the Author

■ About Finadium


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