Higher capital requirements for banking organizations have significant impacts on the ability of banks to provide clearing services for their customers. We are working with regulators to promote risk-reducing effects of clearing while at the same time, preserve a strong and diverse community of clearing firms.

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When derivatives markets become more volatile, everyone agrees that margin requirements must go up., writes FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken. But how much higher? Set margins too high, and trading becomes too expensive. Set margins too low, and traders take too much risk. "It's the Goldilocks problem – margin needs to be just right." writes Lukken.

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    FIA has written a letter to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission requesting codification of no-action relief initially set forth in CFTC Letter No. 19-17, Advisory and Time-Limited No-Action Relief with Respect to the Treatment of Separate Accounts by Futures Commission Merchants, and subsequently extended in CFTC Letter Nos. 20-28 and 21-29.

  • FIA responds to proposed changes to EU Capital Requirements Regulation

    FIA's response focuses on the uncertainty that the proposed new segregation condition brings for banks’ ability to offset initial margin for the purposes of calculating the exposure value under the leverage ratio framework for derivatives.

  • Viewpoint – Sending some love to the FCM community  

    FCMs are tremendously important to vibrant and safe cleared derivatives markets, and the global economy as a whole. They connect customers to our markets – particularly commercial end-users and hedgers – to provide liquidity and assist with price discovery.  

  • FIA outlines clearing capital challenges and portability improvements in comments to CPMI & IOSCO

    FIA has responded to a consultation by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on client clearing access and portability of positions in the event of a default.