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While the comfort of reduced transactions is an advantage, the main reason why two parties are netting is to reduce the risk. Bilateral compensation increases security in the event of bankruptcy for each party. By compensation, in the event of bankruptcy, all swaps are executed, instead of only the most profitable for the company that is going bankrupt. For example, if there was no bilateral compensation, the bankrupt company could collect all the cash swaps, but said that because of the bankruptcy, they cannot pay for swaps outside the money. Since 2007, central banks in industrialized countries have also offered swap lines for a limited number of emerging countries. Because of the risks associated with swap lines, the Fed has been much more cautious to extend them to emerging economies than with other developed economies. The Fed has insisted on provisions allowing it to seize its assets from the New York Fed in the event of non-repayment. Swap lines are agreements between central banks to exchange their country`s currencies. They hold a foreign exchange offer for trade with the other central bank at the current exchange rate. Netting consolidates all swaps to one, so that the insolvent company can only enter into financial swaps when all out-of-money swaps are fully paid. In fact, this means that the value of cash swaps must be greater than the value of off-price swaps for the insolvent business to receive payments. If these swaps were compensated bilaterally, they could only send a larger payment in place of Company B, which sends two payments to Company A. Since 2009, China has signed bilateral currency exchange agreements with 32 counterparties.

The stated intention of these swaps is to support trade and investment and to promote the international use of the renminbi. The bilateral currency exchange agreement will also increase India`s foreign exchange reserves (FOREX). India`s FOREX reserves have fallen since the peak of $426.08 billion in April 2018. This is because the RBI has sold reserves of U.S. dollars to limit the depreciation of rupees. With the Swea-exchange agreement, India will have an additional $75 billion in foreign capital whenever it takes. It will reduce the costs of accessing foreign capital. In the case of a currency exchange, the parties agree in advance whether or not to exchange the capital amounts of the two currencies at the beginning of the transaction. The two main amounts generate an implied exchange rate. For example, when a swap involves an exchange of 10 million euros against 12.5 million dollars, the implied exchange rate of the euro per dollar is 1.25 million euros.

At maturity, the same two main amounts must be exchanged, which creates foreign exchange risk, given that the market may have been well at 1.25 in the interim years. India offers such bilateral swaps to countries in the ASARC region. Both the State Department and the Treasury were consulted on countries that meet the Fed`s criteria that “increased pressure in [these countries] could trigger unwelcome radiation for both the U.S. economy and the international economy in general.” The minutes of the FOMC meeting at which the final decision was made show that members had very specific concerns, such as whether countries with large mortgage-backed securitizations issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be tempted to eliminate them all at the same time if they did not have access to the dollar. , which would increase mortgage rates and hinder the recovery in the United States. In his book International Liquidity and the Financial Crisis, William Allen gives estimates for a number of countries on the gap between the level of bank liabilities in a given currency, which was to be refinanced, and the funds available for that purpose. Among emerging countries, brazil`s banking system had the largest dollar deficit and the Korean banking system was the largest dollar deficit among Asian banking systems.