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Surging Oil Futures Margins Are Latest Challenge Facing Traders

  • CME lifts margins on key contracts four times in two weeks
  • ICE raises margins sharply for Brent and gasoil futures

The frenzied oil futures market is giving traders a new headache -- it now costs significantly more to trade the same amount of oil.

Initial margins, or the collateral that clearing houses require investors to put up to manage risk, have surged since Russia invaded Ukraine and oil prices skyrocketed to the highest levels in more than a decade.