CME turns to Fed in rejig of liquidity pool

Central bank balances accounted for more than 70% of the CCP’s total liquidity buffer in Q3

CME Clearing increased its liquidity pool by $6.1 billion in the third quarter of 2021 to the highest level since Q1 2020. The central counterparty (CCP) reported $198 billion on aggregate at end-September, up 3% quarter on quarter.

The bulk of the CCP’s liquid resources are in central bank balances, which rose from $131 billion to $139 billion over the period. Unsecured cash at commercial banks increased by $239 million to $9.2 billion, while highly marketable collateral and secured credit

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