Asset managers not ready to comply with UMR

22 September 2020

According to State Street’s survey, 81% of asset managers are lagging in their preparations to comply with the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) aimed to reform the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). 

The study, which measured the perceptions and readiness of 300 asset managers and asset allocators in 16 countries, also found that institutions with a September 2021 (Phase V) or September 2022 (Phase VI) deadline are unprepared to comply with all facets of UMR. 

However, half of respondents expected these requirements would have a positive impact on overall operations, with 40% of the smaller firms surveyed anticipating a negative impact, compared to just 20% of larger firms.  

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Public pensions were most likely to expect a positive impact, while corporate pensions were most likely to anticipate a negative impact.   

Additionally, institutions were using mitigation strategies and turned to third parties to ease the burden of complying with UMR, with 80% of those in compliance functions indicating that they had faced challenge in incorporating new workflows and 56% of firms saying they were planning to adjust strategies by reducing OTC contracts to limit the impact of UMR. 

“UMR signifies a major change in the industry that aims to bring greater stability and transparency to the OTC derivatives market,” Nadine Chakar, head of State Street Global Markets, said. 

“As we approach the deadline for the next phase, it is critical for buy-side firms of all sizes to be aware of the pending requirements and to not only effectively manage, but optimize, their liquidity and collateral needs with the right solutions and technology in place.”   

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