Hazy guidance causes chaos on first day of VM regime

"We don’t know what the rules are," says one senior banker

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Confusion reigned on the first day of the variation margin regime for non-cleared derivatives as dealers struggled to interpret last-minute regulatory guidance aimed at averting a market shutdown.

As trading got underway, some dealers rejected trades with non-compliant counterparties, while others waved them through – especially if they were risk reducing – and at least one buy-side firm refused to trade with banks that had failed to sign new collateral agreements before the deadline.

“There

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