Industry faces crunch time on Simm enhancements

If the required new risk factors are not added on time, firms may face a more punitive look-up grid

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Banks are racing to make enhancements to the standard initial margin model (Simm) for non-cleared derivatives required in the first quarter of 2017, according to experts, and some products may be temporarily subject to the more punitive margin schedule devised by the Basel Committee and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (Iosco).

US regulators provided a blanket approval for the use of the Simm just in time to meet the September start date for non-cleared margin rules, but

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