Clearing 101: Exchanges, Clearinghouses and CCPs

Clearing 101: Exchanges, Clearinghouses and CCPs


Buyers and sellers in exchange transactions rely on clearinghouses to intermediate transactions and to manage credit Image: Clearing 101 risks between trading parties. As such, clearinghouses promote transparency, efficiency, and stability by providing market-based pricing, daily settlement, and ensuring adequate capitalization for markets to function. 

Join us for a virtual instructor-led workshop that explains the multilateral systems that provide the infrastructure for transferring, clearing and settling payments for derivatives and other financial transactions among financial institutions and end users. Additionally, the program will include relevant case studies to demonstrate clearinghouse functions and the impact and outcome of actual clearing events.  


Learning Outcomes

After the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand financial market infrastructure with an emphasis on the critical function and benefits of clearinghouse operations
  • Describe the key roles of clearing parties including CCPs, clearing members, customers, and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Explain the principles of novation and how CCPs reduce processing costs, enable multilateral netting, prevent the accumulation of losses
  • Describe the critical role that margin (both initial and variation) and the mandate of segregated funds play in ensure liquidity and market stability
  • Know the basic portfolio margining methodologies at the CME, ICE and Options Clearing Corporation
  • Understand the default management plans and resolution rules as required by CFTC
  • Describe the CCP’s assessment powers and default waterfall used to satisfy a defaulting clearing member
  • Be familiar with the cleared swaps and OTC markets, similarities, and differences
  • Understand past bankruptcies and bankruptcy considerations


Who Should Attend

The virtual instructor-led workshop is suited for a broad range of participants including:

  • Users of cleared derivatives markets such as institutional investors, money managers, producers/suppliers, as well as manufacturing and distribution companies
  • Support, operations, sales, and marketing personnel at FCMs
  • Public policymakers
  • Staff in trading, risk management, financial and legal departments
  • Potential users of futures, options and swaps markets


Level:  Fundamental

Duration and Format:  Virtual instructor-led workshop is delivered in 90-minute sessions on two (2) consecutive days. Course hours are convenient for most U.S. participants and many global attendees.


Qualify for a Discount?  FIA Member firms and their employees are eligible for discounts on courses. FIA members include more than 300 financial services firms as well as fund managers, commercial hedgers, global exchanges, technology vendors, and legal and other professional services providers. 

Registration Options

Virtual Workshop. 90-minute sessions on 2 days.
Class Size
Registration is limited to approximately 20 participants to promote student participation and interaction.
FIA Member discounted rate will be applied at checkout: $199 Early-bird Discount | $225 Standard Fee

Group Discount: 10% off any registration with 3+ participants from same organization. To take advantage of this discount, please contact the IFM at 202-223-1528, or via e-mail at

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