FCM client margin for F&O hit all-time high in May

Despite build-up of required margin led by Barclays and Morgan Stanley, concentration among top 10 broker-dealers continues to shrink

Required client margin held by US futures commission merchants for futures and options (F&O) trades leapt $9.8 billion in May.

Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) shows the 47 FCMs held $313 billion of required segregated customer funds to cover F&O trades on aggregate – an all-time high. A year earlier, the figure was $242 billion, with 50 reporting firms.

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