SEC extends interim CDS portfolio margin rule

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended a temporary rule allowing cleared single-name and index credit default swaps (CDSs) to be margined together, disappointing buy-side firms that want to see a final - and level - framework in place. As things stand, buy-side firms can use so-called portfolio margining, but only if they post more collateral than a clearing house requires of futures commission merchants (FCMs). "We are still furious. There is no empirical justification for

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