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Infrastructure and collateral

Infrastructure and collateral

Eurex Clearing, as well as the FCM CMs, are required to maintain at least one separate dedicated FCM Client account at each permitted depository (according to CFTC Rule 22.4) involved in the flow of Initial Margin. This applies to cash and securities collateral. Each permitted depository is required to sign an acknowledgement letter in relation to the relevant accounts holding customer funds in accordance with CFTC Rules 1.20 and 22.5. 

Payment infrastructure / Cash collateral:

  • For LSOC, Eurex Clearing accepts EUR for Initial Margin payments and cash collateral to cover intraday margin calls.
  • Overnight margin calls take place only in the Clearing Member’s nominated clearing currency which is EUR.
  • The end of day margin call with respect to the relevant collateral pool is issued at 9 am CET and must be settled by 10 am CET.
  • The following cut-off times will be in place for EUR deposits and withdrawals:
    - CitiBank London, Deutsche Bank London, Barclays, Bank of New York Mellon – 3:15 pm CET / 9:15 am EST
    - TARGET2 – 5:00 pm CET / 11:00 am EST
  • Any release of cash collateral has to be verified and approved by Eurex Clearing.
  • Product related payments, such as variation margin, are settled in the underlying product currency which can be EUR, USD and GBP in accordance with the LSOC product scope.

Securities collateral

  • Under the LSOC model, Eurex Clearing only accepts a subset of the general admissible securities list allowed for LSOC. The relevant jurisdictions are: the US, Germany, France, UK, Canada and Japan.
  • The list with the admissible securities is updated daily and published on the Eurex Clearing’s website. Please click here for a daily updated complete list of acceptable collateral (admissible securities). Securities eligible for LSOC have value "Y" in the field "LSOC_eligible". 
  • There is no re-evaluation of collateral with the new FX rates at 5 pm CET. 
  • Securities collateral will be provided to Eurex Clearing via a German law pledge.

Deposit / Release of Securities Collateral

  • Clearstream Banking Frankfurt (“CBF”) is acting as collateral location for the LSOC model; dedicated CBF-I accounts shall be used for the service.
  • The cut-off times for the delivery or the release of securities collateral under the LSOC model have been aligned to 7:30 pm CET, afterwards best effort.
  • Any release of securities collateral must be verified and approved by Eurex Clearing.