Variation margin

WHAT IS THIS? Variation margin is a payment – typically made daily, in cash – to reflect changes in the market value of a trade, or portfolio of trades. In over-the-counter derivatives markets, variation margin is traditionally seen as a buffer against counterparty default; in listed derivatives, it is treated as settlement.

Initial margin – A regulatory bottleneck

With the recent announcement of an extended preparation period for those smaller entities needing to post initial margin under the uncleared margin rules, the new timetable could cause a bottleneck for firms busy repapering derivatives contracts linked…

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