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SIMM Initial Margin and what-if analysis.

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CCP IM & VM, What-if, Optimise and more.

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Fundamental Review of the Trading Book.

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Standardised approach for Credit Risk.

Latest Posts

  • Dec, 4

    G-SIB Scores for US Banks

    We detail the GSIB methodology for US banks, referred to as “Method 2” in the literature. We calculate the GSIB scores for 8 US banks as at December 2018 and September 2019. We find that the Method 2 scores are particularly penal for Morgan Stanley. It will be interesting to see how these scores change […]

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    Nov, 26

    G-SIB Mechanics and Definitions

    There are 30 Global Systemically Important Banks (G-SIBs) in 2019. A bank must hold at least an extra 1% in Tier One capital as a result of qualifying as a G-SIB. We look at the calculations necessary to work out a bank’s G-SIB score and calculate the exact values for 2019. We estimate that HSBC […]

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  • Nov, 5

    ISDA SIMM Concentration Thresholds for IR Risk

    We last looked at ISDA SIMM Concentration Thresholds in January 2017, when ISDA SIMM version 1.2 introduced the concept. That blog detailed an Excel implementation of the concentration threshold calculation for interest rate delta risk and proved very popular. The methodology in SIMM v2.2 remains the same, just the thresholds themselves are changed. Today I […]

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    Oct, 23

    ISDA SIMM v2.2 – Are you ready?

    ISDA SIMM 2.2 is effective December 1, 2019 Updated with a full re-calibration and industry backtesting Initial Margin will change for all portfolios Our clients can check the impact leading up to the effective date And can be confident on implementing SIMM v2.2 on time If you are interested in joining them, we offer free trials […]

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  • Sep, 18

    SACCR vs CEM for FX Products

    Blame our active community of readers if you must. But we’ve had the most requests for a comparison of FX products under SACCR and CEM in response to my original blog. Therefore, here we go… SACCR is Coming If you need a refresher on SACCR and CEM, then please check out our comprehensive coverage below: […]

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    Aug, 28

    SACCR vs CEM Comparisons

    Welcome to my 250th blog for Clarus! That is quite a milestone – I’ve now inflicted nearly a quarter of a million words on our readers. I hope the vast majority have been useful. To celebrate, you will have to suffer a bit of true geekiness. Today we’ll take a look at Regulatory Capital, which […]

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  • Jul, 23

    A new $50billion threshold for UMR and 1-year extension

    Today BCSB IOSCO put out a press release announcing two significant changes to the UMR timeline: A one-year extension, to Sep-21 for the final UMR implementation phase for firms with > $8 billion of aggregate average notional amount (AANA) of un-cleared derivatives. An new phase for firms with > $50 billion of AANA on the […]

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    Jun, 26

    Giancarlo looks to rescind CFTC Cross-border overreach

    Following on from his Cross Border Swaps Regulation 2.0 whitepaper from last October, CFTC Chairman Giancarlo gave some updates in his speech at the recent FIA IDX in London .   He is leaving the SEF cross-border proposals to be turned into proposed rules and voted on by his successor as Chairman – Heath Tarbert.   On […]

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  • Jun, 18

    CCP Default Management Auctions

    The Default at Nasdaq Clearing has re-invigorated industry discussions on default management practices and we are now seeing the fruits of these labours. For example CCP12 recently published a CCP Best Practices Paper and LCH published Best Practices in CCP Risk Management. Today I will look at the BIS CPMI-IOSCO “Discussion paper on central counterparty […]

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    Jun, 12

    LIBOR Fallbacks and Uncleared Margin Rules

    LIBOR fallbacks and Uncleared Margin Rules are hot topics across the industry. We highlight the Basel guidance that any amendments to LIBOR contracts as a result of Benchmark reform will not trigger the need to post margin. This is important guidance to ensure the uptake of new RFRs is simple. Two of our big blog […]

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