OCC to Provide Year-End Refund for Clearing Member Firms
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a refund of $156 million to be paid to clearing member firms on April 19, 2021.“As part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen OCC’s resiliency while also delivering operational excellence and efficiency, OCC’s Board of Directors approved this refund for our clearing member firms,” said John Davidson, OCC Chief Executive Officer.“The record volume we’ve experienced in 2020, combined with the expense discipline we’ve achieved,...
OCC November 2020 Total Volume Up 71 Percent from a Year Ago
OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that November 2020 total cleared contract volume was 677,190,590 contracts, up 71 percent from November 2019. This marks the highest November ever and the second-highest month on record. Year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume through November was 29,295,206 contracts, up 48.4 percent from November 2019.Options: Total exchange-listed options cleared contract volume was 673,660,858, up 72.4 percent from November 2019. Equity options cleared contract volume was 640,174,308 contracts, up 78.9...
Keeping markets on an even keel: How clearinghouse strength provides resilience
For most people, the name Lehman Brothers evokes the worst days of the 2008 financial crisis. For OCC and other central counterparty (CCP) clearinghouses, it represents an inflection point that demonstrated how crucial CCPs are in providing operational and financial resiliency for financial markets. Throughout volatile times, including those seen so far this year, centrally cleared markets have continued to deliver stability and market integrity for investors.Read more
The future is now
Despite recent innovations, the process of transferring underlying securities between parties of a securities lending trade can still take up to several days and involve multiple intermediaries. However, through the emerging technology that is blockchain, financial institutions could reduce costs, increase efficiency, and execute transactions instantly and directly between the two parties, according to its advocates.Read more