CCP capital rules could discourage client clearing, critics claim

A stop-no-go sign

Banks will have no incentive to clear trades on behalf of their clients under revised proposals published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision last week – putting the rules at odds with a stated regulatory objective to encourage clearing via capital inducements, critics claim.

The new rules detail the capital banks must hold against cleared trades, as well as exposures to central counterparty (CCP) default funds. The original proposal, released in December 2010, had been criticised as

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