ISDA: Key Trends in the Size and Composition of OTC Derivatives Markets in the Second Half of 2021

The latest data from the Bank for International Settlements over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives statistics shows a decrease in gross market value and gross credit exposure in the second half of 2021 versus the second half of 2020, but a slight increase in notional outstanding.

Key highlights include:

  • OTC derivatives notional outstanding rose by 2.8% at year-end 2021 compared to year-end 2020 and fell by 1.9% versus mid-year 2021.
  • The gross market value of OTC derivatives contracts at year-end 2021 was 21.2% lower compared to year-end 2020 and 1.4% lower versus mid-year 2021.
  • Gross credit exposure – gross market value after netting – decreased by 24.7% at year-end 2021 compared to year-end 2020 and fell by 6.6% compared to mid-year 2021.
  • Market participants reduced their mark-to-market exposure by about 79.6% at year-end 2021 due to close-out netting.

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