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DTCC Launches Public-Facing VaR Calculator for FICC

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The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has introduced a new public-facing Value at Risk (VaR) calculator, designed to assist market participants in assessing potential margin and Clearing Fund obligations associated with membership in DTCC’s Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) Government Securities Division (GSD).

The launch of the tool is timely, with U.S. Treasury clearing activity through FICC projected to increase by $4 trillion daily following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s expanded clearing mandate set for 2025 and 2026. DTCC’s VaR calculator enables firms to determine VaR and potential margin obligations for simulated portfolios accurately.

The calculator utilises FICC’s VaR methodology to allow users to estimate potential margin requirements based on given positions and market values. The calculator considers factors such as historical data, volatility and confidence levels to estimate VaR, increasing market transparency.

Tim Hulse, Managing Director, Financial Risk & Governance, at DTCC commented: “FICC understands the urgency and importance of evaluating firms’ risk exposure associated with the expansion of U.S. Treasury Clearing. The VaR calculator provides market participants with increased transparency into these obligations.”

This initiative underscores DTCC’s commitment to enhancing tools and access methods in support of the forthcoming expansion in U.S. Treasury clearing activity.

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