Insurers review options as collateral pressures grow

Insurers are under increasing pressure to plan access to collateral, even before European regulation forces them to clear derivatives trades centrally. Rob Mannix reports


Europe’s insurers might soon feel that they have been taking liquidity for granted. Regulatory and market changes that affect firms' use of derivatives mean the prospective challenge of sourcing and posting collateral for trades is becoming impossible to ignore.

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (Emir), which aims to push derivatives trading into central clearing, is set to bring about wholesale change. But, even before Emir comes into force, many insurers have rewritten swaps

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