Euro crisis drives up use of collateral in OTC derivatives, finds survey

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Over-the-counter derivatives counterparties needed to post substantially more collateral towards the end of last year, driven by concerns about downgrades of financial insitutions, the eurozone debt crisis and reductions in interest rates that caused shifts in yield curves, says the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

The findings come from the derivatives trade association's annual collateral survey, which estimates the amount of collateral circulating in the non-cleared OTC

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