The current unprecedented volatility has led to significant swings in Mark-To-Markets (MTM) and has led to increased margin calls which have been fulfilled by further selling off assets. The MTM volatility has increased both Variation Margin and Initial Margin.
Volatility in the markets now will mean significant effects on SIMM and IM in September 2020
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The Bank of England has carried out a research project using data from DTCC and Unavista. The project modelled the flow of liquidity to meet margin calls in the cleared and uncleared market. The outcome of shortfalls is then compared to the global repo market to determine if systemic risk is present.
How are borrowers adjusting their interest rate hedging strategies to take account of the impending General Election and the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s future relationship with the EU? By Rhona Macpherson, Associate Director at JCRA
ISDA has published the ISDA SIMM™ Methodology, version 2.2, with an Effective Date of December 1, 2019. This version of SIMM includes updates based on the full recalibration and industry backtesting of the methodology. It also includes additional granularity for the FX asset class, the removal of curvature margin from equity volatility indexes and an alteration to allow for annual calibration of credit non-qualifying intra-bucket correlations.
In a recent report, Uncleared Margin Rules and the Rise of Initial Margin Optimization, Aite Group senior analyst Audrey Blater discusses an array of solutions offered to both the buy-side and sell-side to combat rising margin fees.
If you trade bilateral OTC derivatives then you probably know by now that the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) are rapidly approaching and will require significant changes to your trading, book management and collateral management processes.