Commodities threaten pain for initial margins

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One of the most tangible impacts on the global economy of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the disruption caused to supplies of oil and grain. This has led to a historic hike in commodity prices – Bloomberg’s BCOM index is 28% up for the year to date – that is also posing challenges to efforts to regulate derivatives.

The sixth and final phase of the implementation of non-cleared margin rules, which comes into effect on September 1, will affect an estimated 800 firms. These businesses will

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