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Goldman Said to Seek 100 Percent Margin on Some Bitcoin Futures Trades

Goldman Said to Seek 100 Percent Margin on Some Bitcoin Futures Trades
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:48 PM

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. demanded some clients set aside funds equal to the full value of their bitcoin futures trade as a condition for clearing the transaction, according to people familiar with the investments.

The demands deterred some clients from seeking to clear trades through the bank and led them to take their business elsewhere, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the matter. The guidelines are higher than Options Clearing Corp.’s 44 percent, required to clear contracts traded on the Cboe Global Markets Inc., and the 47 percent to be demanded by CME Group Inc. when it begins trading bitcoin futures next week.

“Margin decisions are based on multiple factors and vary on a case-by-case basis,” Tiffany Galvin, a spokeswoman for New York-based Goldman Sachs, said in a statement. 

The bank is one of a handful that have cleared the trades since the Cboe began offering futures contracts earlier this week. Bitcoin’s volatility spurred many large banks to hold off on clearing trades. Options Clearing and CME raised their margin requirements amid wild price swings in the market.

It’s not uncommon for a brokerage to impose steeper requirements than the exchange. Goldman’s guideline means that clients won’t enjoy any leverage on long positions and will face onerous terms if they use the futures to bet on a decline in the price.

A margin requirement is how much investors must set aside so that other parties in the trade know any losses can be covered. The guidelines for bitcoin futures are several times that of commodities such as gold and oil.

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. demanded some clients set aside funds equal to the full value of their bitcoin futures trade as a condition for clearing the transaction, according to people familiar with the investments.
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