At LCH Ltd, IM levels edged lower in Q3

The amount of initial margin (IM) held across LCH’s London-based central counterparty (CCP) fell slightly over Q3, having hit record highs at end-June. Collateral held across the company’s four clearing funds remained elevated relative to pre-Covid levels.

IM held against interest rate swap (IRS) contracts amounted to £154.4 billion ($210.1 billion) at end-September, down 4% on three months prior. That held against equities dropped more abruptly, by 10% to £2.7 billion. IM for over-the-counter

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