JSCC’s initial margin soared as Japan’s stock market hit record high

Higher demand for exchange-traded products pushed requirements up in Q1

Initial margin (IM) held at two Japanese Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC) clearing services for exchange-traded products (ETPs) surged in the first quarter following a spike in Japanese stock indices, signalling renewed investor confidence in Japan’s economy and financial markets.

At the Osaka Stock Exchange (OSE)-listed ETPs clearing service, total required IM rose 24.7% to ¥2.45 trillion ($15.6 billion), the highest level since records began in 2020. Client accounts made up the majority

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