There is no time to waste for buy-side firms including pension funds to reorganize their collateral management function. This will become a critical business component in the near future.
In response to the financial crisis, the regulator launched numerous regulations in order to prevent and/or minimize the impact of defaulting market parties. First of all, as a result of EMIR a growing list of derivatives will need to be mandatory cleared. EMIR requires that initial margin as well as variation margin in cash only has to be posted as collateral with the central counterparty clearing house.