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*See also "[[Clearing organization]]"
Clearing is the process by which the rights and obligations arising from market transactions are formally assigned to the buyers and the sellers. Clearing is usually conducted by a distinct organization from the trading operation termed the [[clearing organization]]. The clearing organization may be affiliated with or legally separate from the venue where the trading takes place; [[CME Clearing]] and the [[OCC]], formerly known as Options Clearing Corporation, are respective examples. In derivatives exchanges, there is only one clearing organization for each contract, so the clearing venue for any exchange-traded derivative is unambiguous at the time of transaction.Accordingly, all ICE Futures US contracts are cleared at ICE Clear US, for example, and all contracts traded on options exchanges in the United States are cleared by OCC.  The term clearing sometimes includes also the successful payment and or other fulfillment of contractual obligations, although settlement is a distinct concept. Settlement refers to any payments to or from the clearing organization or the transfer of ownership of commodities in conjunction with deliveries pursuant to contract terms.
== Derivatives Clearing ==
All exchange -traded derivatives must be cleared. This requirement is dictated by both tradition and law. <ref>{{cite web|url=|name=PART 38—DESIGNATED CONTRACT MARKETS §38.601 Mandatory clearing|org=CFTC|date=October 14, 2019}}</ref>
For [[derivative]]s transactions, the clearing organization substitutes itself at the [[clearing member]] level as the counterparty for every trade on an exchange. At the clearing organization, clearing members represent their own and their customers' trades as well as the customer trades of the brokers ([[futures commission merchants]] for [[commodity]] derivatives and [[broker-dealer]]s for [[equity option]]s) becoming the [[buyer]] to each [[seller]] of a contract or other [[derivative]], and the seller to each buyer.learing member]]s.<ref>{{cite web|url=|name= CFTC Glossary|org=CFTC|date=October 10, 2019}}</ref>
Clearing organizations are accessible only to their clearing members, which mostly usually are legal personsentities. Retail customers, local traders, proprietary trading and brokerages gain access by having accounts with clearing member firms.<ref>{{cite web|url=|name=Execution, clearing and Settlement|org=Thismatter|date=April 19, 2017}}</ref>
== Central clearing == To safeguard against counterparty risk (the risk that liabilities cannot be met when they fall due) a clearing organization will demand collateral from its purchasing members.Regulations ===
=====Netting=====It is common practice Clearing organizations for derivatives are regulated by the same governmental bodies that banks regulate derivatives trading. In the United States, futures clearing organizations are regulated by the CFTC and other institutions buy and sell instruments from each other numerous times during stock options clearing organizations are regulated by the course of a daySEC. When all these transactions are clearedIn the European Union, at the end of clearing organizations are regulated by ESMA with backstopping by "competent authorities" in individual countries. In the dayUnited Kingdom, it clearing is practical to let them cancel each other out to make one single transfer instead of sending money back and forthregulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This process is called netting and is an integral part Regulation of modern clearingin China is carried out by the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
=====Pre-trade risk management services=====There are risks Clearing is conducted pursuant to manage processes and administrative efficiencies to consider both before and after trading. The post-trade procedures taking the form of clearing has been described above and includes managing eventsorganization rules once they are approved by the clearing organization's highest authority, such as netting, payment and delivery, as well as risks, from trade execution to settlementits board of directors.Pre-trade The clearing is becoming increasingly important as it meets rules are usually approvable or at least reviewable by the needs to asses the risks that can develop regulator before they are put into systemic risks such as the events of 2008 have showneffect.
=====Technological benefits and challenges=====Modern technology has amplified Clearing organization rules include membership requirements. The rules usually are incorporated by reference into the speed and sophistication of electronic trading and has sparked new business models and financial instruments, such as contractual relationships between the infamous credit default swaps.It also brings with it increased risk, as the speed with which business is conducted is staggering clearing organizations and a trader may be involved in numerous simultaneous deals. If a trader surpasses their credit liability or is hit with a bad deal – their credit rating should be affected immediately so that other traders (and the clearing organization) have a reasonable chance to adjust their level of involvementmembers.
The credit crisis has sparked ongoing debate about the need for new regulatory measures. It is becoming clear that an integral part of the response will be a requirement for enhanced and flexible clearing and risk management technology. It takes computers to keep track of the market created by computers in order to calculate the risk at each given moment. Hence the term real-time clearing.=== Guarantees ===
Clearing organizations effectively guarantee financial performance on all open positions by substituting themselves for the original counterparty clearing member in each trade. All clearing members look only to the clearing organization to pay obligations due them on a timely basis.
Clearing organizations usually, if not always, create, manage and control a guarantee fund that is available to them to pay clearing members in the event other clearing members' losses exceed available funds. Guarantee funds are composed of mandatory deposits at levels of value stipulated by the clearing organizations from clearing members.
=== Risk management ===
The three pillars of risk management are managing exposures to counterparties by dealing only with clearing members which are vetted for operational and financial capability, paying and collecting variation margin based on daily marking of positions to market, and collection and maintenance of performance bonds for open positions, also known as initial or variation margin. The guarantee fund, contributions from exchanges, retained earnings of the clearing house, and third party insurance are also commonly used risk management tools.
=== Account management ===
Clearing organizations receive trading information directly from exchanges. Except for the accounts for clearing members' own trades, the clearing organization is unaware of the ultimate owners of the contracts on its books.
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