Two Ice clearing houses trim liquid assets

Ice Clear Europe and Ice Clear US pared their liquidity buffers – the pile of assets they hold to cover member cash shortfalls or defaults – by 10% and 12%, respectively, in Q2.

Ice Clear Europe disclosed $33.7 billion of liquid assets in total for end-June, down from $37.3 billion the previous quarter. The aggregate reduction was the first for the central counterparty (CCP) since Q4 2017. At Ice Clear US, the liquidity buffer fell $623 million to $4.8 billion.

Cash that Ice Clear Europe had

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