An Overview of Standard Initial Margin Mode

Tom Mills
Initial Margin (IM) is the amount of collateral required to open a position with a broker or an exchange or a bank. The Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) is very likely to become the market standard. It is designed to provide a common methodology for calculating initial margin for uncleared OTC derivatives. Initial margin calculation is counterparty-portfolio-based. Given this standardized approach, counterparties can easily reconcile the results.
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