Initial margin at the OCC leapt 20% in Q3

Cleared options contract volumes hit 1.9 billion in Q3

Initial margin (IM) posted to the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) totalled $91.6 billion at end-September 2020, 20% more than three months prior and almost double the year-ago amount.

Both house and client IM surged quarter on quarter. House net IM, related to positions taken by clearing members directly, hit $25.8 billion at the end of Q3, up 28% on the quarter. Client IM, net and gross amounts combined, increased 17% to $65.8 billion.

On average in Q3, 41% of total IM was attributable to

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