LCH Adds Margin Call To Injury, Hikes Spanish, Italian Bond Margins

Hopefully nobody will be surprised to learn that after Spanish bonds closed at all time records earlier, just shy of 7.50%, that LCH has decided to hike margins on not only Spanish bonds, in the 7-30 year duration windows (from 11.80% to 12.20% for the benchmark 10 Year), but also on Italian bonds, at both the short and long-end, which are now also rapidly approaching the 7% threshold, pushing the 7-10 Year duration window from 9.50% to 11.65%, and which will approach it much faster now that there will be even more forced margin selling to cover collateral calls.



Source: LCH