Futures will not beat swaps on margin alone, say buy-side firms

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The lower margin regime for swap futures contracts will not by itself kill off the over-the-counter swaps market, leading buy-side firms say, but some industry participants remain convinced US regulators need to even out the treatment of futures and OTC instruments.

As part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has set minimum liquidation periods for the calculation of initial margin by central counterparties – essentially, an assumption about how quickly a

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