Client margin at Barclays hits record $27bn

Required funds rose 13% for F&Os and 8% for swaps in August

Margin requirements for clients of Barclays’ US clearing units rose 10% to a record $26.6 billion through August, cementing it as one of Wall Street’s largest foreign-owned futures commission merchants (FCMs) by that metric.

Required segregated customer funds to cover cleared futures and options (F&Os) rose 13% to $13.9 billion over the month – the highest ever reported by the bank and some 2% above the previous record, set just last May.

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