August 16, 2023 (NO COMMENTS)

Buy-side firms have to pay up if they want to post corporate bonds to their dealers, but prices vary

As dealers see it, collateral agreements sit on a continuum of cleanliness. A spectrum of spotlessness. An increasing number of pension funds and insurers are now trotting down to the grubbier end of that path – accepting costs that have become a growing point of difference and debate. Banks favour credit support annexes (CSAs) in which counterparties only post cash to each other – super-helpful to any derivatives dealer, because cash is fungible, allowing incoming collateral to be used for