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AcadiaSoft Announces IM Phase 5 Soft Launch to Assist With Uncleared Margin Rules Compliance

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AcadiaSoft,the leading industry provider of risk and collateral management services for the non-cleared derivatives community, announced an industry-wide soft launch to help Phase 5 firms stay on track for Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) compliance ahead of the extended 2021 deadline.

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The program is designed to enable Phase 5 firms to continue on their current development timelines for Initial Margin (IM) exposure calculation and testing in a no-pressure and low-cost manner. Phase 5 firms with the ability to calculate IM exposure can participate in a “mock” go-live on the original Phase 5 deadline of September 1, 2020 for the duration of the soft launch period of September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. This will allow Phase 5 firms who can calculate regulatory IM to compare IM exposure and reconcile it versus participating Phase 1-4 dealers.

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“We are working closely with many Phase 5 firms that have already made significant strides towards compliance and do not want to lose any momentum,” said AcadiaSoft CEO Chris Walsh. “The soft launch will ensure that these firms stay on track for the new deadline, while allowing firms that may be approaching the threshold to monitor initial margin exposure. We are grateful to the firms already in-scope for the rules that have agreed to support this testing program as the industry prepares for the largest phase of the uncleared margin rules.”

“This is really a story of market participants coming together to support a responsible way for self selecting firms who don’t want to delay their compliance projects. These firms have budget and project resources allocated today which may not be there a year from now. If every Phase 5 in-scope firm dropped their pens and picked them back up a year from now – we’d have the same rush towards compliance this time next year” said Mark Demo, Head of Community Development.

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