EU banks expect further margin reprieve for equity options

Exemptions for intra-group and equity options from non-cleared margin rules expire by January 2021

EU extension

Banks are expecting EU regulators to further extend exemptions for equity options and intra-group trades from non-cleared margin rules on over-the-counter derivatives.

“I have heard positive noises in that direction,” says a regulatory expert at a European investment bank. “[I’m] watching this space carefully, but there does seem to be receptivity to fixing this issue.”

The global derivatives margin rules written by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization

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