Ice-NYSE Euronext: Good or bad for margin offsets?

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So many new requirements are being placed on the derivatives market – mandatory clearing for standardised derivatives, with its attendant initial and variation margin calls, for instance, plus the expected collateral-posting obligation for uncleared trades – that users are looking for ways to squeeze out every possible cost saving they can. In that sense, the revelation in December that Atlanta-based Ice hopes to acquire NYSE Euronext may worry some.

On one hand, the $8.2 billion acquisition, w

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