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ELM 3.7 Derivatives

ELM 3.7.1R

A firm must not be a party to or have a position in a derivative or quasi derivative contract unless ELM 3.7.2 R allows this.

ELM 3.7.2R

A firm may be a party to a derivative or quasi derivative contract if:

  1. (1)

    the sole purpose (ignoring any other purposes which together are insignificant) of becoming a party to it is hedging market risks arising from:

    1. (a)

      issuing e-money; or

    2. (b)

      the e-money float;

  2. (2)

    so far as reasonably possible, being a party to that derivative or quasi derivative contract achieves the permitted purpose described in ELM 3.7.2 R (1);

  3. (3)

    the derivative or quasi derivative contract is sufficiently liquid; and

  4. (4)

    either:

    1. (a)

      the derivative or quasi derivative contract is an exchange rate contract relating to a foreign currency with an original maturity of 14 days or less; or

    2. (b)

      the derivative or quasi derivative contract:

      1. (i)

        is an interest rate or foreign exchange related contract;

      2. (ii)

        is regularly traded on a recognised investment exchange or designated investment exchange; and

      3. (iii)

        is subject to daily margin requirements under the rules of that exchange.