FXCM raising margin requirements


Computater707

Well-Known Member
Saw this on FF - article from zerohedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-09/fxcm-doubles-yuan-margins-warns-market-disruption-and-highly-illiquid-conditions

" The last time FX brokers, still hurting from the Swiss National Bank's revaluation shocker from last January which forced brand names such as FXCM to seek an urgent bailout, scramble to hike margins was in late June just ahead of the Greek "event risk" weekend, when numerous brokers either hiked margins on EUR positions or went to "close only" mode due to "uncertainty surrounding the Greek debt negotiations... that could lead to high volatility on the market."

So, barely one week into the new year, one which has seen the stock market suffer its worst ever first week of trading, some FX brokers are not taking chances, and in the aftermath of the aggressive plunge in the Yuan (one we warned about a month ago), have decided to minimize client stop-out risk by hiking margins.

Case in point, here is FXCM with a just released warning about upcoming "highly illiquid conditions" leading to a doubling in Yuan margins: "
 

jack

Administrator
Staff member
No surprise there. After the SNB issue I bet most brokers have new risk management policies.. and FXCM basically can't afford another hit, as that would snuff the firm out.
 

sqa

Village Scribe
After the SNB disaster, it makes sense. Especially given it's a soft-pegged currency.
 

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