Simm-Lib is an implementation of version 2.2 of the value at risk Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM™ 2.2) developed by ISDA, see here for methodology specifications. It has been built to be compatible with the Common Risk Interchange Format (CRIF) and it's correlation parameters and risk weights are interfaced to allow them to be easily exchanged. This makes Simm-Lib easy to deploy, as most users of Simm-Lib will already be generating CRIF files; easy to maintain, as the yearly updates to SIMM™ can be handled with only minor changes to Simm-Lib; and easy to experiment with, as custom model parameters can be created for Simm-Lib and implemented with the same minor changes as the yearly updates.

Users of Simm-Lib who wish to deploy it for commercial purposes will need to obtain a license from ISDA to use ISDA SIMM™ to calculate initial margin for their or their clients’ non-cleared derivatives transactions. Please contact [email protected] for more information on licensing the ISDA SIMM™.

Updates: 2019-11-19

Getting Started

Simm-Lib is built with Apache Maven, so one must get Maven installed on their machine.

Ubuntu users need only run in a terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install maven

Similarly, Mac users who have Homebrew installed can run:

$ brew install maven

All others can go to the Maven homepage for specific instructions on how to download and install Maven with any operating system.

To confirm that Maven has been successfully downloaded, check the Maven version on your machine by running:

$ mvn -version

If Maven has been successfully installed, this command should return something like:

Apache Maven 3.5.0 (ff4wa5hff; 2017-04-03T15:39:06-04:00)
Maven home: --MavenHomeDirectory--
Java version: 1.8.0_91, vendor: Oracle Corporation
Java home: --JavaHomeDirectory--
Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: UTF-8
OS name: "mac os x", version: "10.11.6", arch: "x86_64", family: "mac"


Simm-Lib's sources have to be moved onto a local machine. This can be accomplished by either downloading them as a zip file from GitHub, or by running in a terminal:

$ git clone <repo> simm-lib

Next, the code's artifacts need to be built. As Simm-Lib is a Maven project, this process is simplified to running:

$ mvn compile

After this, Simm-Lib should be fully ready to run in a local environment.


To run all of Simm-Lib's tests, simply run:

$ mvn test

If one wants to run individual tests, or an individual test module, the easiest way is to open Simm-Lib in some IDE and run the tests from that.

Testing Breakdown

While there are simple tests to check the functionality of the individual methods of Simm-Lib, the main focus of the test suite is to confirm that the outputs of SIMM and Simm-Lib match. To accomplish this, the tests take in sensitivities and then run Simm-Lib's calculation, checking the result against SIMM's result:

public void test() {
    Sensitivity IR1 = new Sensitivity("RatesFX", "Risk_IRCurve", "GBP", "1", "6m", "OIS", new BigDecimal("200000000"));
    Assert.assertEquals(new BigDecimal("13400000000"), Simm.calculateStandard(Arrays.asList(IR1)).setScale(0, RoundingMode.HALF_UP));

With the addition of the Schedule and Simmple classes the CRIF formatted objects have expanded beyond the Sensitivity object however the format of the testing is still generally the same as this is the main use case of the model.

Simm Class

This section focuses on the tests for the top level functionality of the Simm class, as the methods of this class directly consume CRIF formatted data in the form of the Sensitivity object and return the calculated IM of those inputs. There are six methods in the Simm class: calculateStanard(), calculateAdditional(), calculateTotal(), calculateTreeStandard(), calculateTreeAdditional(), and calculateTreeTotal(). The first method returns the IM of the input sensitivities, the second returns the Additional IM generated by regulatory restrictions (this includes additional value created from product class multipliers), while the third is the sum of the previous two methods. The "Tree" methods of similar names do the exact same calculation, except the intermediate exposures at key points are saved in a tree structure to give a more thorough view of how the exposure was calculated. All methods return the calculated value in US Dollars, so users of Simm-Lib working in other currencies should be sure to include the "amountCurrency", and "amountUSD" columns in their CRIF files.

The inputs to these methods are CRIF formatted data-types where all amounts are stored as BigDecimal and all other values as String:

AddOnNotionalFactor(product, factor)
ProductMultiplier(productClass, multiplier)
AddOnFixedAmount(amount, amountCurrency, amountUSD)
AddOnNotional(product, notional, notionalCurrency, notionalUSD)
Sensitivity(productClass, riskType, qualifier, bucket, label1, label2, amount, amountCurrency, amountUsd)

For Sensitivity, AddOnFixedAmount, and AddOnNotional the "currency", and "amountUSD" can be omitted; however, the currency in this case will be assumed to be US Dollars.

Schedule Class

This section focuses on the Schedule class. As the Schdule model is focued on trade level data, unlike the SIMM model which uses sensitivities, new trade-level CRIF formatted objects have been added to the module to store this data. The ScheduleNotional object stores the notional amount of the trade (Note: the notional can be set to be positive or negative, and if multiple notionals exist for the same trade they will be netted, the absolute value of the netted notional is then used in the calculation itself). The SchedulePv is the Net Present Value of the trade (similarly, the PVs will be netted by trade, and the netted value will be used).

ScheduleNotional(tradeId, schduleProductClass, valuationDate, endDate, amount, amountCurrency, amountUsd)
SchedulePv(tradeId, schduleProductClass, valuationDate, endDate, amount, amountCurrency, amountUsd)

The schdule module provides overloaded calculate() and calculateTree() methods to handle both calculating the net gross rate from the input net present values, and using an input NGR instead. All exposure amounts are returned in US Dollars.


This section focuses on the Simmple class. The inputs to Simmple have been stream-lined at least from a CRIF object perspective. Simmple takes in Crif objects which are a super-set of all of the other CRIF formatted objects used by either the simm or schedule modules. The intent of the Crif object is to be able to directly translate a standard CRIF file into a List<Crif>.

Crif(tradeId, valuationDate, endDate, notional, notionalCurrency, imModel, productClass, riskType, qualifier, bucket, label1, label2, amount, amountCurrency, amountUsd, postRegulation, collectRegulation)

You'll notice that some fields added to the Crif object are not in any of the other CRIF formatted objects. The imModel field is simply a String which indicates which model (SIMM or Schedule) that line of data should be input into. The current allowed model strings are "SIMM", "SIMM-P", "Schedule". The notional and notionalCurrency fields are for convenience when running a schedule calcualtion. If a trade only has SchedulePv inputs but the notional field is set for at least one of those PVs, a ScheduleNotional will be constructed using the notional value. The productClass is overloaded to be either the SIMM or Schedule product classes depending on the specified model. The postRegulation and collectRegulation fields are used for Pledgor and Secured regulation respecitively. There are three different modes of specifying regulation: