Category Archives: Collateral

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If there’s an EU credit panic, repos could transmit it to U.S. banks

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Money market funds, interbank lending and the repurchase market would likely be the key sources of contagion for U.S. banks if Europe’s debt problems panic the credit markets, according to a July 21 article by Jeff Horwitz at the American … Continue reading

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Fear in today’s markets shows failure of Dodd-Frank

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If the financial crisis in 2007-2008 was fundamentally about mortgages, as many believe, why are we facing a similar financial crisis today? Here’s the answer: The fundamental problem three years ago was not mortgages. It was the repurchase market and credit default swaps. … Continue reading

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JP Morgan: Repos will transmit the shockwave of a U.S. default

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Money market funds, repos and foreign investors will transmit the shockwave of a U.S. default throughout the economy and the government, according to a JP Morgan report. The authors of the report said they think a default is highly unlikely. But if … Continue reading

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Fitch: Repo could be ‘serious’ threat to money market funds if U.S. defaults

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If the U.S. defaults on its debt payments, a key danger to U.S. money market funds lies on the repurchase market, Fitch Ratings said in a special report July 18. Fitch said it continues to believe an agreement will be reached … Continue reading

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FT: A U.S. default could threaten world’s ‘plumbing system’

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Finally we have a news story from the mainstream business press that explains the potential dangers of a U.S. default. Congratulations to the Financial Times for its consistent, clear reporting on the repurchase market and for not being afraid to … Continue reading

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Press reports unclear on dangers of Greek default

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Last updated June 26, 2012 Commentary From the editor: The main reason world finance officials want to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt is the same reason U.S. officials bailed out the investment banks in 2008:  To prevent a … Continue reading

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UK regulators warn of dangers in repo mutations

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Repurchase transactions are morphing into riskier forms of collateralized lending, the Bank of England warned in its June 2011 Financial Stability Report. With interest rates continuing at record lows, financial institutions and other investors are looking for ways to juice … Continue reading

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European repo leader wary of transparency

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The European repo community appears to be worried that regulators will require the repurchase market to become more transparent, based on a top repo official’s comments in a Financial News column June 13. Godfried De Vidts, chairman of the European Repo Council, … Continue reading

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Some experts are comparing Greece to Lehman

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If eurozone officials decide Greece does not have to repay its debt in full, the European Central Bank says it may stop making repo loans to financial institutions that put up Greece’s debt as collateral, according to a June 10 story by the … Continue reading

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London conference: More calls to fix bankruptcy exemption for mortgage-backed repos

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The special bankruptcy treatment extended to repurchase agreements in 2005 played a critical role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and changes must be made, experts cautioned at a financial conference in London June 1.   The warnings came just … Continue reading

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U.S. debt default could freeze repo market

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Geithner Last updated June 26, 2012 When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says a U.S. default on its debt “would inflict catastrophic, far-reaching damage on our Nation’s economy,” one of his key worries is the repurchase market. That’s because if repo … Continue reading

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Securitized banking in Europe still stressed

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Securitized banking continues to be under stress in Europe, as can be seen in two unrelated news reports from Financial News on May 6 that show it is getting harder for some financial institutions to raise cash in Europe. In … Continue reading

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Why couldn’t experts see the coming financial crisis in their data?

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In the years leading up to the financial blowout in 2008, the two most important sets of missing data that could have helped experts spot looming trouble were measurements of (1) mortgage quality and (2) repo volumes and collateral quality, … Continue reading

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The underbelly of securitized banking is emerging

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The underbelly of securitized banking is showing, as investors and traders fight over the scraps left after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. One battle that has gotten media attention is a class action against JP Morgan Chase, where pension funds that were clients … Continue reading

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Repo fraud “happens all the time,” says convicted Farkas

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Securitized banking has its first 21st Century big-time crook. Lee B. Farkas, chairman of one of the largest privately owned mortgage lending companies in the U.S. when it collapsed in 2009, was convicted by a jury April 19 of a … Continue reading

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How will the FDIC unwind repos?

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The Dodd-Frank Act gave the FDIC the job of resolving systemically important financial institutions when they are in financial trouble.  How will the FDIC handle that company’s repos? An FDIC report April 18 gives the answer. It will sell them … Continue reading

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Will private placement bonds win favor as repo collateral?

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Companies are privately issuing a record level of private-placement bonds, according to the Financial News April 4. RepoWatch wonders if these bonds will begin showing up as repo collateral. From the Financial News: The market for privately placed bonds is … Continue reading

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Fed releases names of tri-party repo borrowers at height of crisis

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Bloomberg and Fox News began reporting March 31 the names of the financial institutions that got emergency repurchase loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis. The names became public when the Fed released to the two news groups the reports … Continue reading

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NYT: FDIC to meet Tuesday on ‘skin in the game’

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The board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will meet Tuesday to discuss when trusts that sell asset-backed securities will have to retain some of the risk themselves, according to a March 27 column by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York … Continue reading

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Covered bonds could be the next U.S. repo collateral

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Covered bonds appear to be a candidate to replace asset-backed securities and asset-backed commercial paper as collateral for repo loans on the U.S. repurchase market, because they may be more acceptable to post-crisis investors. But covered bonds will not prevent … Continue reading