New regulations requiring traders to post initial margin when clearing swap contracts through clearinghouses and outside of clearinghouses will cost financial firms $1.4 trillion in new capital charges, according to a research report released on Monday by Tabb Group.
That $1.4 trillion relates only to interest-rate contracts which make up the largest portion of the $600 trillion global swaps market. And the figure could be a conservative estimate. It could actually reach as much as $2 trillion.
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