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If the derivatives are OTC, and are highly leveraged, then you can have a confluence of (relatively) low liquidity, and rapidly escalating losses against the only counterparty that can help you exit the position. In that cases, action is usually taken very rapidly!


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The exchange is reserving that time to make changes, maintenance or review processes. For example they might use that time to make data backups or software upgrades without risking in process trading.


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