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OCC Statement Regarding Treasury Securities Collateral Following The S&P Rating Change On U.S. Sovereign Debt

Valuations Will Remain the Same with No Current Plans to Change Haircuts

CHICAGO (August 7, 2011) OCC said today it has no current plans to adjust its current valuations or haircuts on Treasury Securities used as collateral in light of the Standard & Poor's rating change on U.S. sovereign debt.

OCC will continue to monitor the situation, as it has done over the past few weeks, and will determine appropriate action, if necessary, should there be any disruption in the Treasury market.

OCC has a long record of solid risk management that has helped ensure the security and stability of the markets it serves, and is confident this record will continue through the current situation.

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OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Registered Clearing Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a Derivatives Clearing Organization. OCC now provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 15 exchanges and trading platforms for options, financial and commodity futures, security futures and securities lending transactions. In 1993, OCC became the first clearinghouse to receive a 'AAA' credit rating from Standard & Poor's Corporation, and has continued to receive that high rating every year as a result of its risk management standards. More information about OCC is available at