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Counterparty definition

A counterparty in trading refers to the other party involved in a financial transaction. This can be an individual, a company, a financial institution, or even a government. In any trade, there are two counterparties, each taking the opposite side of the transaction. For example, for every buyer of a security, there must be a seller selling the security, and vice versa.

Counterparty risk

Counterparty risk refers to the risk that one party in a financial transaction will default or fail to fulfil their contractual obligations, leaving the other party with an incomplete transaction or a loss. This risk is particularly important in over-the-counter (OTC) transactions, where there is no intermediary or central clearinghouse to facilitate transactions, and parties deal directly with each other.

How to manage counterparty risk when trading

Counterparty risk cannot be eliminated when trading between parties, but it can be managed.

Perform due diligence: Traders that do thorough research and assess their counterparty’s creditworthiness and reputation before opening a trade can minimise counterparty risk.

Use collateral: Traders can require their counterparty to post collateral in the form of cash, securities, or other assets when making a trade. This can lower the chances of a counterparty defaulting.

Use a clearinghouse: Clearinghouses act as intermediaries between parties in a transaction, and they shoulder the counterparty risk for both sides.

Diversify your counterparties: Traders placing multiple trades can also spread out their counterparty risk by trading with multiple buyers and sellers instead of just one.

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