Dealers blame US futures IM dip on low vol

CFTC data shows required initial margin down 15% since start of 2017

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There has been a dramatic decline in volume across asset classes

The amount of initial margin held in US futures accounts has fallen by 15% since the start of the year, which market participants blame on low market volatility, less risk taking from hedge funds and higher capital requirements on bank clearing members.

The figures, compiled by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), show initial margin held at US futures commission merchants (FCMs) declined from $162 billion to $138 billion between January and August across house and customer

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