Non-cleared margin rules confuse Asian private banks

Exotic OTC products for Asian high-net-worth investors could be under threat

Perplexing path: several Asian jurisdictions have yet to finalise their VM regulations

Global non-cleared margin rules for derivatives pose a major challenge for Asian private banks, compounded by the much greater use of over-the-counter products by the region's wealth managers, compared with their European and US peers.

"Asian private banks sell about 50% of their products via OTC format, which are potentially subject to the non-cleared margin rules, whereas in Europe, for example, the format is overwhelmingly structured notes and these all sit outside of the margin rules," says

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