CFTC urged to take lead on CCP margin models

Advisory committee unable to agree steps on margin period of risk, model transparency

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US market participants have urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to provide leadership on the design and governance of margin models for clearing houses, in the absence of industry consensus on responses to the surge in margin calls during the coronavirus-led March 2020 volatility.

A clearing risk subcommittee of the CFTC’s market risk advisory committee (MRAC) presented two reports on governance for clearing houses and the vexed question of pro-cyclical margin requirements at a

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