CFTC urged to rethink rules that threaten cross-margining

The cross-product margining maze

Dave Olsen
Dave Olsen

Cross-product margining is a cumbersome term that matters for a simple reason – it makes it cheaper to use a clearing house – and since politicians first considered mandating the use of central clearing for over-the-counter derivatives, it has been invoked by dealers to console their clients. Using central counterparties (CCPs) wouldn’t be so bad, they said, because the dealer could look at its uncleared trades with a client, then take into account offsets on trades cleared via its futures

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