Dealers rail at 'absurd' EU margin rules

Draft rules would force EU banks to collect margin from non-EU corporates

European Banking Authority
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European banks have reacted with dismay after regulators confirmed they would be expected to collect margin from non-EU corporates when executing uncleared trades – a requirement that does not apply to their rivals, and would also not affect trades with European corporates. Critics argue the draft rules – which are the EU version of internationally agreed standards on compulsory bilateral margining - will result in third-country corporates shunning European banks.

"It is absurd and would

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