Assured Payment System (APS)

ICE Clear Europe operates the Assured Payment System (APS) in order to ensure the safe and secure transfer of payments between the Clearing House and its Clearing Members. The APS consists of a number of approved banks, which hold accounts for the collection of margin between Clearing Members and the Clearing House.

The following banks currently participate in the APS:

APS Bank Branch
Bank of America NA London & New York (NY only after 18:00 GMT)
Barclays Bank PLC London (NY after 18:00 GMT)
BNY Mellon New York
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. New York
Citibank NA London & New York
Deutsche Bank AG London & New York
HSBC Bank PLC London (NY after 18:00 GMT)
JP Morgan Chase Bank NA London
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB - (House business only) London

APS Requirements

In order to operate in the Assured Payment System, a bank must be able to adhere to the requirements in the below document.

APS Banks Requirements

Currencies

The APS supports the following currencies for the settlement and margining of all products cleared at ICE Clear Europe:

For Initial Margin

  • U.S. Dollars (USD)
  • British Pounds (GBP)
  • Euros (EUR)

    For Variation Margin

    • U.S. Dollars (USD)
    • British Pounds (GBP)
    • Euros (EUR)
    • Canadian Dollar (CAD)
    • Swiss Franc (CHF)
    • Swedish Krona (SEK)
    • Japanese Yen (JPY)
    • Norwegian Krona (NOK)
    • Danish Krona (DKK)
    • Hungarian Forint (HUF)
    • Czech Krona (CZK)
    • Polish Zloty (PLN)
    • Turkish Lira (TRY)
    • South African Rand (ZAR)
    • Australian Dollar (AUD)

    Constraints in relation to currency usage are contained within the RULES.

    All Clearing Members are required to hold House accounts in the currency of the contracts they trade at an approved financial institution participating in the APS (a "Payment Bank") and in an alternative currency which will be used on Currency Holidays.

    A list of Currency Holidays can be found in Currency Holidays 2017.

    Clearing Members must complete the APS Mandate for each account/currency pair which authorises the Clearing House to issue direct debits for amounts due in accordance with the Rules.

    Concentration Accounts

    ICE Clear Europe has appointed JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Citibank NA and the Bank of England as consolidation banks. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA provides multi-currency payments, global custody and additional securities services, as well as a cash investment program. Citibank NA provides services for multi-currency payments and cash investments. Bank of England is used for British Pound (GBP). Concentration of funds is diversified as following.

    Bank of EnglandGBPAll accounts
    Citibank NAUSDUS Client segregated accounts
    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NAEURAll accounts
    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NAUSDHouse, Client and Guaranty Fund

    Investment Activities

    The primary objectives of the Clearing House’s investment activities are to safeguard the principal (safety), provide sufficient liquidity to meet all operational requirements (liquidity), obtain a reasonable rate of return (yield) whilst complying with relevant laws and regulations.

    Cash is invested fully collateralised mainly via tri-party reverse repos and direct purchases of government bonds. Counterparties must have a minimum short-term rating of A-1/P-1 and a minimum long term rating of A-/A3 from any one of the following agencies; S&P, Moody’s or Fitch.

    In compliance with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) requirements on Investment Policies, whenever possible non cash collateral is now held in dedicated ICE Clear Europe accounts at the CSDs used by the Clearing House.

    Payment Flows

    Cash Cut-off Times

    The cut off times for the deposit and withdrawals of cash to cover initial margin requirements in ECS are as follows.

    currencycut-off
    EUR10:00 GMT
    GBP10:00 GMT
    USD16:45 GMT

    Acceptable Collateral & Haircut Calculation

    The list of Permitted Cover accepted by ICE Clear Europe to cover initial margin and guaranty fund requirements is limited to cash and securities that demonstrate low credit, liquidity and market risk.

    Haircuts applied to Permitted Cover and cross currency haircuts (where collateral is posted in a currency other than that of the initial margin liability) are set to a 99.9% confidence interval using a two-day holding period and a 4 year look-back period. Haircut floors and concentration limits may also be applied.

    Further restrictions are in place for Permitted Cover lodged in respect of Credit Default Swap (CDS) and Futures & Options Guaranty Fund requirements as set out in Section 14 of the Finance Procedures.

    Asset Cover Value Calculation

    Cover value = Nominal*Price/100*(1-Haircut) + Nominal*Accrued where price is clean and accrued is expressed in %

    Please be advised the Clearing House is permitted to adjust the price of assets at its own discretion. As standard practice at ICE Clear Europe, Treasuries are given no cover value 2 business days prior to maturity and a cash call will be issued if your account is in deficit. Accrued interest will lose value one day prior to coupon pay date.

    Non-Cash Cut-Off Times

    CSDcut-off
    Euroclear UK & Ireland15:30 GMT
    Euroclear Bank16:00 GMT
    Federal Reserve17:00 GMT

    Cross Border Instructions via Euroclear Bank:

    CSDcut-off
    Euroclear France12:00 GMT
    Clearstream Banking Frankfurt12:00 GMT
    Clearstream Banking Luxembourg12:00 GMT

    Please refer to our QUICK GUIDE TO COLLATERAL for ICE Clear Europe's CSD standard settlement instruction (SSI) details.

    Account and Margin Fees

    Application and Annual Fee

     Application FeeAnnual Fee
    House and Affiliate Accounts (“H”, “F” and “R”)WaivedWaived
    Segregated Customer Accounts (“C”, “E”, “K”, “S”, “T”, “W” and “Z”)WaivedWaived
    Individually Segregated Operationally Co-mingled (“ISOC”) Account (“I” and “J” Account)Waived€5,000 per annum per Individual Customer
    Individually Segregated Sponsored Account (“Sponsored Principal”)€10,000 per Sponsored Principal€25,000 per annum per Sponsored Principal

    Circular C15/099 dated 21 July 2015 includes additional information in relation to Charges for EMIR Customer Accounts.

    Rates of Return

     CashCollateralTriparty Collateral
    Margin Deposits
    House and Affiliate Accounts (“H”, “F” and “R”)Clearing House pays IDR Clearing House charges 7.5 basis pointsClearing House charges 7.5 basis points
    Segregated Customer Accounts (“C”, “E”, “K”, “S”, “T”, “W” and “Z”)Clearing House pays IDRClearing House charges 7.5 basis pointsClearing House charges 7.5 basis points
    Individually Segregated Operationally Co-mingled (“ISOC”) Account (“I” and “J” Account)Clearing House pays IDR minus 15 bpsClearing House charges 9.5 basis pointsClearing House charges 9.5 basis points
    Individually Segregated Sponsored Account (“Sponsored Principal”)Clearing House pays IDR minus 20 bpsClearing House charges 12.5 basis pointsClearing House charges 12.5 basis points
    Guaranty Fund
    All Clearing MembersClearing House pays IDRClearing House charges 7.5 basis pointsN/A

    For more information, please refer to CIRCULAR NO. C17/013

    Triparty Collateral

    ICE Clear Europe offers Clearing Members the option of depositing collateral via the Triparty mechanism via Triparty agents Euroclear Bank and Clearstream Banking Luxembourg to cover initial margin requirements. More information on depositing Triparty collateral with the Clearing House can be found below.

    Triparty Arrangements

    Euroclear

    Clearstream

    Gold Bullion

    ICE Clear Europe offers Gold Bullion as permitted collateral to cover initial margin requirements. More information on using Gold Bullion to cover initial margin requirement can be found below.

    Clearing Members

    Extensible Clearing System (ECS)

    The Extensible Clearing System (ECS) provides Clearing Members with information about the assets deposited and can be used by Clearing Members to instruct a deposit of cash, securities and other assets into the Clearing House and, when there is excess margin, to instruct to withdraw assets held on deposit. Training is provided on ECS by the Clearing House (as required).

    Banking Reports

    REPORTDESCRIPTION
    MBCAA(C)Provides detail of all cash movements relating to Member position including Variation Margin, Mark to Market Margin, Interest payments, NLV, PAI etc.
    MBCC(C)Provides detail of utilization of assets to cover Standing Requirements.
    MBCOB(C)Provides detail of collateral balances and valuation.
    MBCOT(C)Provides a list of all Collateral movements processed.
    MBIA(C)Provides detail of accrued interest on Cash balances maintained by the Clearing House.
    MBIP(C)Provides detail of Interest posted at end of accrual period.
    MBSR(C)(I)Provides detail of all margin requirements including Initial Margin (as calculated by SPAN or CDS IM models), Buyer’s/Seller’s Security, Net Liquidation Value, Contingent VM; this provides comprehensive and complete details regarding the totality of margin that the Member must cover.
    MBCDThe report provides members with a breakdown of the assets used to cover the standing requirements for each currency (CSV only). Please note that this information is also available in MBCC PDF but not in MBCC CSV
    GBCPProvides prices for collateral. This file can be found on MFT in pub/reference.
    GBFXProvides FX rates. This file can be found on MFT in pub/reference.
    GBIRProvides interest. This file can be found on MFT in member/reference.

    (c) denotes reports generated only for ISOC Customers (PDF only).
    (I) denotes intraday reports

    The full report specification for ICE Clear Europe can be found at the link below:

    Report Spec Link

    Finance Procedures

    Finance Procedures

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