Initial margin at the OCC topped $100bn in Q4

Exchange-traded derivatives hub cleared 7.5 billion contracts in 2020

Initial margin (IM) posted to the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) exceeded $100 billion at end-December, the highest ever quarter-end total disclosed by the central counterparty (CCP).

The end-2020 amount was also more than double the $53.3 billion reported a year ago, and 19% up on the amount three months prior.

House IM jumped 23% from end-September to end-December to $31.7 billion. Client IM, net and gross amounts combined, increased 17% to $77 billion.

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