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Originating department:Risk Management
Company Circular No:LCH.Clearnet Ltd Circular No 2815
Service Circular No:RepoClear: 160
Date:25 March 2011
To:All RepoClear Clearing Members

Amendment of RepoClear €GC Baskets to exclude Portugal 

Following S&P's lowering of its sovereign credit ratings on Portugal to BBB on Friday 25 March 2011, RepoClear participants are advised that with effect from Monday 28 March 2011 Portuguese Government bonds will no longer be eligible for delivery in any of the RepoClear €GC Baskets.

Until today’s downgrade Portugal had been eligible for the single A €GC Basket.

This is in line with LCH.Clearnet Ltd’s Regulations*, which state that while the criteria which define each of the eligible €GC baskets remains fixed, the countries’ debt meeting the defined criteria for inclusion in each basket may change from time to time. Where the combined credit rating of a country that falls within the definition of Euro zone countries changes, LCH.Clearnet Ltd will add or remove that country’s debt from each of the relevant eligible €GC baskets based on the new combined credit rating of that country.


Further Information

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact one of the following: 

General RepoClearNick Maggs+ 44 (0) 20 7426 7442
Risk DepartmentTom Chapman+ 44 (0) 20 7426 6338
Business OperationsMark Baker+ 44 (0) 20 7426 7217