Why uncleared IM rules will spur innovation among asset managers

Those who split liquidity from credit restrictions and make operational efficiencies will be best placed to weather the initial margin storm

Vikas Srivastava: lowering initial margin requirements may substantially hike fees if counterparties are not consolidated

Just as asset managers are recovering from the herculean effort of preparing for the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid II), along comes another rule to adhere to.

As of September, uncleared initial margin rules will hit hundreds of asset managers. The objective is, ultimately, to make over-the-counter trades costlier, so more firms turn towards trading on regulated venues.

The overall impact of these rules is likely to be significant, with numerous asset managers set to

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