Margin rules spur Middle East netting upgrades

Bahrain, Qatar, UAE seek to bolster swaps safeguards

Bahrain financial district
Bahrain: central bank seeking to address lack of legal clarity around netting

At least three countries in the Middle East are trying to introduce – or tighten up – derivatives netting rules, to ensure their markets do not suffer as new margining rules are rolled out globally. Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have all proposed or amended legislation in recent months; changes are also being discussed in Saudi Arabia.

The margining regime will raise the cost of trading with counterparties in countries where close-out netting – the ability to offset

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