CME Group is lowering margins for gold, silver and platinum futures as of the close of business on Friday.
The exchange operator, in a notice issued late Thursday, said the changes are “per the normal review of market volatility to ensure adequate collateral coverage.” Margins act as collateral for a trade in a futures contract.
The “initial” margin to establish new speculative positions in the main Comex 100-ounce gold futures contract will decline to $7,150 from $7,975. The “maintenance” margin for existing speculative positions, as well as all hedge positions, will decline to $6,500 from $7,250.
For the main Comex 5,000-ounce silver contract, the initial margin for speculators will drop to $9,900 from $11,000. The maintenance margin for speculative accounts, as well as all hedge positions, will be reduced to $9,000 from $10,000.
Meanwhile, the initial margin for speculators in the Nymex platinum contracts will drop to $2,750 from $3,025. The maintenance margin for speculative accounts, as well as all hedge positions, will decline to $2,500 from $2,750.
CME Group is also lowering the margins for the smaller-sized gold and silver contracts. In addition, changes in margins were announced for a number of other markets, including coal, crude oil, ethanol, iron ore, hot rolled steel and freight.
The full CME Group notice can be viewed at this link.