ISDA AGM: Credit support agreements grow

However, the estimated amount of collateral in circulation grew only slightly from last year, reaching $1.335 trillion.

The survey also found that firms are using more collateral to cover counterparty credit exposures. Collateral covered 66% of firms’ credit exposure to credit swaps, up from 62% last year, and 65% of firms' credit exposure to fixed-income swaps was covered this year, up from 57% last year.

“Our 2007 Margin Survey once again underscores the importance of collateralisation and its maturity as a risk mitigation tool,” said Robert Pickel, Isda’s chief executive.

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