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FX Options in the Age of Uncleared Margin Rules

The final phase of uncleared margin rules (UMR) could trigger a shift in FX options trading from OTC to exchange-based trading.

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FX Options Age Uncleared Margin Rules

The penetration of electronic trading across the financial markets is remarkably inconsistent. While equities and foreign exchange are largely traded over platforms, the same cannot be said for much of the fixed income market.

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