Collateral Security

    ECC accepts a wide variety of highly liquid bonds as collateral.

    However, ECC only accepts securities that are both

    • ECB eligible and
    • admissible for Eurex.

    Furthermore, bonds need  to meet the following requirements to be admissible for ECC:

    • The remaining time to maturity needs to be 15 calendar days or more.
    • They need to be fixed rate or zero rate bonds, floating rate bonds or reverse floating rate bonds with constant structure
    • No optionalities and inflation-linked coupon structure

    ECC does not accept own issues (wrong-way risk) as well as close link securities as eligible collateral. 

    ECC determines concentration limits for margin and default fund requirements separately. Concentration limits for margin requirements are calculated per clearing member group. A clearing member group is formed if clearing members have a close link* that makes it likely that a default of one clearing member leads to a default of the linked clearing member. Concentration limits for the default fund requirement are calculated for the default fund as a whole due to the fact that the default fund covers losses of any clearing member.

    ECC has a collateral policy which establishes concentration limits at the level of:

    • individual issuers
    • country of issuer
    • currency (except EUR).

    If a concentration limit is violated, ECC's Clearing Operations team will contact the clearing member who submitted collateral leading to the breach to initiate a replacement of collateral.

    The collateral policy and procedures are reviewed at least annually and whenever a material change occurs that materially affects the risk exposure.

    * A close link might be a majority holding of shares or explicit guarantees.

    Securities Collateral Deposit

    The Clearing Member opens a pledge account in one of ECCs securities collateral locations and allocates this to a specific collateral pool. All transfers to this pledge account are automatically credited in ECCs clearing system near-time to the linked collateral pool. If collateral is not acceptable, ECC will automatically release the collateral and return it to the clearing member.

    Securities Collateral Release

    Withdrawals are requested using the Security Collateral Transaction Entry window. Once the collateral is released, the securities are debited in near-time from the Clearing Member's collateral account. If a withdrawal request leads to under-collateralization in the member's account, the transfer of the requested securities is postponed until the under-collateralization is resolved. This can be achieved  by depositing other collateral or by reducing the risk position.

    Action House Account CM GOS SOS OSA ISA

    Instruct Release




    Currently securities are not accepted neither for ISA nor for OSA

    Release of collateral maximum till

    Margin Requirement

    Margin Requirement + Underfunded Margin
    Requirement from SOS, OSA & ISA


    Shortfall covered by




    Acceptance by




    Release to




    Direct Contact

    Risk Operations

    +49 341 24680-444

    Concentration Limits

    In order to meet the requirements according to EMIR and the Regulatory Technical Standards, ECC established "Concentration Limits".