Margin for Non-Cleared OTC

January 30th, 2019 by Nick Railton-Edwards Tags: , , ,

DRS recently hosted a well-attended IM Breakfast Roundtable at the Gherkin. A distinguished list of panellists included Mayer Brown’s Ed Parker, Margin Reform‘s Chetan Joshi and Bank of New York Mellon’s Mark Higgins. Focused primarily on the imminent challenges of IM Phase 4, participants were drawn from the sellside; the event’s success effectively mandates a […]

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November 20th, 2018 by Nick Railton-Edwards Tags: , , ,

Opinions obviously vary, but for me there are very few opportunities to be glad not to be Australian. Here is one for already punch-drunk IM lawyers and compliance personnel. The largest four banks in New Zealand are Australian-owned- ANZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac. New Zealand is not a G20 member and has therefore been (relatively) […]

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The CFTC’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) has responded to industry petitions to mitigate the widely-forecasted IM Phase 5 oncoming storm. Readers will recall the July 2018 ISDA/SIFMA white paper previewing the phase 5 population explosion and recommending various reduction strategies: • Raising the in-scope AANA threshold from $8bn. to $100bn. • Postponing mandatory […]

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A question that has been ignored, until very recently, is how firms will deal with cross-border derivative contracts when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Leaving the single market without either EEA membership or a trade agreement covering financial services, will result in complications for existing derivative contracts. With approximately £26 trillion of outstanding […]

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As market participants are all too aware, following the financial crisis in 2008-2009, G20 agreed to a regulatory reform agenda covering the OTC derivatives market and market participants, including proposals for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives. The recommendations were finalised in the BCBS-IOSCO’s Final Framework for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives, which established the international standards […]

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July 24th saw a unanimous approval of the CFTC’s proposal to reduce the complexity surrounding segregation of assets held as collateral in uncleared swap transactions. Under the Dodd-Frank, a swap dealer was required to notify each counterparty that they (the counterparty) possessed the right to choose whether to keep their funds in a segregated account […]

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May 15th, 2018 by Nick Railton-Edwards Tags: , , , ,

There is mounting pressure to revisit a fundamental aspect of the IM calculation methodology. The BCBS-IOSCO 2015 framework mandates an IM determination based on a 99% VAR over a fixed 10 day liquidation horizon[1]. ISDA have published a paper by Professor Rama Cont, Chair of Mathematical Finance at Imperial College London, which advocates for a […]

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February 19th, 2018 by Torsten Krebs Tags:

Introduction The first article provided a high-level review of the parties, the agreement, accounts and assets involved in the most standard of custody relationships: namely a commercial bank providing global custody to local institutional investors and local market sub-custody to global custodians from other jurisdictions [= “you” in these articles]. It can be observed in […]

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On 5 February the five US Prudential Regulators jointly issued a proposal to ensure that certain mandatory amendments to legacy contracts would not trigger their inclusion under the margin regime. The vast majority of jurisdictions contain anti-evasion measures in their margin rules, to the effect that material amendments to pre-margin, legacy trades will act to […]

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December 6th, 2017 by Nick Railton-Edwards Tags: , ,

With a scant 28 days until the MiFID 2 starting gun sounds, Regulatory Change managers could be forgiven for looking forward to a well-deserved rest. In reality, 3 January 2018 will actually represent the beginning of a long process of clarification, refinement and final implementation. In this slightly dispiriting context, it is not surprising that […]

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