Risk: Asian buy side faces non-cleared margin currency penalty

Like much of the post-crisis regulatory framework, margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives were intended to respond directly to the counterparty risks that appeared in Western bilateral swaps markets in 2008, but they have been adopted by many major Asian jurisdictions as well. Local market participants could be forgiven for questioning whether the rules are entirely appropriate for them, since they now face the prospect of paying a penalty simply for being based in Asia.

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