Collateral Management
In light of ongoing international concerns with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of maintaining the health of our members, delegates and staff, we have made the decision to postpone the Collateral Management course in London on 30-31 March.

New dates will be announced in due course.

Please contact ICMA Education for more information.

The use of collateral, for many years associated mainly with repo and securities lending transactions, has seen a rapid growth within the financial marketplace. The need to reduce exposure in these transactions, as well as the rise of the OTC derivatives market, has led to a significant increase in the degree of complication faced by operations departments.

Successful processing of collateral within an organisation requires knowledgeable staff that understand the component parts that lead to safe and secure processing, as well as awareness of the pitfalls that can result in unacceptable exposures.

By completing the course you will:
  • Understand the main collateral operational flow
  • Learn how to derive collateral values and what impacts such values
  • Be able to look at the risks in processing collateral and the controls to mitigate
  • Appreciate the numerous collateral-related transaction types

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for collateral management personnel who would benefit from understanding the ‘big-picture’, those who have had limited exposure to collateral but who require a greater understanding of the relationships between their work and collateral and those who have recently been transferred to the collateral management department.

Programme Recognition

Candidates who attend the Collateral Management programme and are CFA Charter Holders qualify for 13 credit hours which can be used towards study with the CFA Institute. CFA Institute members are encouraged to self-document their continuing professional development activities in their online CE tracker.

The course content is divided into several topic areas, which are then broken down into multiple subtopics:

1. Fundamental Collateral Concepts

  • Definition and purpose of collateral
  • Why the increased focus on collateral?
  • Overview of the collateral life-cycle

2. Types of Collateral

  • Cash
  • Bonds
  • Equity
  • Collateral impact on regulatory capital: overview

3. Transaction Types Necessitating Collateral

  • Securities lending and borrowing
  • Repo
  • Secured cash borrowing and lending
  • OTC derivatives
  • Cash borrowing at CSDs and custodians
  • FX
  • Tri-party collateral services

4. Legal Protection

  • Necessity of legal protection
  • Master agreements
  • Definitions
  • Credit support annexes
  • ECB valuation haircuts
  • Confirmations

5. Static Data

  • Concepts of static data
  • Concepts of STP
  • Static data and STP in collateral management

6. The Collateral Life-cycle

  • Pre-trading
  • Trading
  • Throughout lifetime of trade
    • Trade reconciliation
    • Marking-to-market
    • Collateral call calculation
    • Making and receiving collateral calls
    • Collateral substitution
    • Income and corporate actions
  • Trade termination

7. The Collateral Management Function

  • Overview of responsibilities
  • Centralised collateral function
  • Cost centre vs. profit centre

8. Current Initiatives

  • Clearing of OTC derivatives
    • The regulators’ perspective
    • Regulatory changes: overview
    • Central clearing and collateral management

Please note:

Please bring to the course a normal/standard calculator (for use during the course and during the exam if permitted and required) that is capable of accepting at least 12 digits (e.g. 999,999,999.99); examples of such calculators are the Office Depot AT-814 and the Canon LS-123K. Kindly note that bond calculators are not permitted for use during the course or (where applicable) exam.

Details of next courses



14-15 September 2020



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For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to this course.  Delegates will be required to provide photo identification on arrival, to ensure entry.


ICMA Members: £1,650.00 + VAT if applicable
Non Members: £1,950.00 + VAT if applicable


Should you have any queries, please contact

Helene Starklint Henriksen

Organisation: Danske Bank
Job title: Specialist Settlement Officer

Describe what you do on a day to day basis in your job:
Settlement of cash, repo, Triparty, Collateral Management and custody trades in Euroclear. Euclid Administrator.

Reasons for taking the course:

To complete my ICMA Executive Education Diploma and to brush up on my skills, as well as to hear other participants’ views of the current market situation.

Benefits of taking this course:
I learnt about the future plans for OTCs (CCPs), as well as being present for interesting discussions in the group about the benefits and risks connected to Collateral Management.

Alexander Saša Djaković

Organisation: Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Job title: Relationship Manager

Describe what you do on a day to day basis in your job:               

In my role as a Relationship Manager I work with clients to help them make the right decisions and to explain all financial services Euroclear Bank is offers.  A part of my job is also to identify possible sales opportunities and to generate new business, in general, everything that a Relationship Manager has in their “To Do list”.

What challenges do you face in your current role:

Different clients (i.e. Corporates, Broker Dealers, Investors, Regional and Central Banks) all have different preferences.  This leads to a much better understanding and a very deep and constructive view in the “post trade” financial sector.

Reasons for taking the course you attended:

We are faced with the fact that Collateral Management is becoming more and more important for everybody working in the financial sector.  As Euroclear Bank is one of the world’s leading Triparty service providers, we would like to offer even better support to our existing clients and also advise prospective clients on the service available to them.

Tell us how our course helped you in overcoming these challenges:

It was good to see how things get done on a bilateral basis.  A lot of manual work is needed for both the cash giver and taker.  This is exactly the situation where a Triparty Agent should step in.

Benefits of taking this course:

Real benefits will be seen, when new prospective clients have been admitted.

Anything else you would like to add:

It was a good and interesting course.  I also think it would be beneficial to have a course with the title “Do I need a Triparty Agent and if yes, why?” (or something similar).  I think it would be useful for those participants, who are undertaking the work themselves, which requires both time and money.

Merja Grandell

Organisation: Bank of Finland
Job title:
Back Office Specialist

Describe what you do on a day to day basis in your job:

I’m working in the Back Office team whose responsibilities are to take care of the Bank of Finland’s own reserve investment trade settlements and monetary policy transactions.  The repo collateral monitoring and margin calls account for the work undertaken by the Back Office team.

What challenges do you face in your current role:

Understanding what regulation means for the operations division.  Understanding the agreements in the securities and derivatives business is also important in the Back Office.

Reasons for taking the course you attended:

The financial crisis has increased the importance of collateral and valuation of collateral.  I wanted to update my knowledge of collateral management.  The other reason was that I wanted to achieve the Diploma in Financial Market Operations offered by ICMA Executive Education.

Tell us how our course helped you in overcoming these challenges:

There were very good exercises and discussions during the course which helped me to understand the meaning of collateral and how to use it safely.

Benefits of taking this course:

We had good practical exercises and Mike Simmons is an excellent tutor.  Despite the fact that I am not a native English speaker, I could easily follow the content of the course and do the exercises.

Anything else you would like to add:

It’s always worth attending ICMA’s courses!


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