Post-MF Global segregation reforms spark fierce debate

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Avoiding a counterparty risk meltdown
Margin acccount meltdown after MF Global's collapse

Halloween is usually a rather whimsical holiday, but in 2011 it struck genuine terror in the hearts of thousands of companies across the US. On October 31 of that year, New York-based MF Global, one of the country's largest futures commission merchants (FCMs), filed for bankruptcy – meaning that legions of farmers, metals traders, heating oil distributors and other commodity firms were suddenly unable to exit their hedge positions or access money held in their margin accounts.

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