Category Archives: Securities lending

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Don’t touch my repo

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The repo industry has dire warnings for anyone who wants to rein in its market. The warnings are a sobering, inside look at how important the repurchase market has become to the world’s flow of credit. From the International Capital … Continue reading

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Covering the Repo Market and Shadow Banking

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From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University: Mary Fricker, founder of RepoWatch.org, said the repurchase market is a key reason for the ferocity of the financial crisis. She shares her tips and resources … Continue reading

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Economists and other analysts see value, danger in repo and shadow banking, urge reform

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Latest update: October 2, 2012 In recent months economists and other experts have published a torrent of reports on repo and shadow banking, noting their importance and their dangers and urging reform. Following are 74 of the reports, arranged chronologically … Continue reading

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An overview of shadow banking for journalists

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This post is a transcript of  a 12-minute talk RepoWatch editor Mary Fricker gave at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters & Editors in Boston June 15, 2012. Click here for accompanying handout and slides. Shadow banking was the epicenter of the financial … Continue reading

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Shadow banking, part 2: Lack of shadow master plan means impact of new rules is uncertain

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The shape of shadow banking reform is now clear. Congress and regulators are going to put a bunch of new rules in place, but they’re not going to articulate a coherent vision of what shadow banking should, or should not, … Continue reading

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Shadow banking, part 1: Failure to reform shadows hurts economy, endangers financial markets

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Updated June 18, 2012 One of the failures of the Dodd-Frank Act was in not restructuring shadow banking, with a sturdy repo market at its heart, so it could safely gear back up to boost credit and help the economy … Continue reading

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News round-up: Repo and shadow banking A to Z

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RepoWatch recommends the following reports. Search for the topics that interest you: DataWatch, Financial crisis, Finding a fix, Hedge funds, Regulation, Repurchase market, Securities lending, Securitization, Shadow banking, Too big to fail, and Tri-party repo. Items are arranged chronologically, within … Continue reading

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News round-up: Turmoil in shadow banking

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RepoWatch recommends the following reports. Search for the topics that interest you: Accounting, Collateral, DataWatch, Finding a fix, International repo, Money market funds, Securities lending, Securitization, Shadow banking, and Tri-party repo. Items are arranged chronologically, within topics that are listed alphabetically. … Continue reading

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News roundup: Repo and shadow banking in the crosshairs

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Repo and shadow banking have been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s rewarding that an understanding of their importance is spreading. RepoWatch recommends the following reports, arranged within topics that are listed alphabetically: Financial crisis “Getting up to speed … Continue reading

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Part 2: Here’s the data regulators need to collect on repo

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To spot the build-up of systemic risk in the financial markets, regulators need to collect six bits of information about every repo and securities lending transaction, according to a report from four economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New … Continue reading

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Top dealers to Fed: Flow of credit continues to slow

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Credit in key areas of the repurchase market continued to tighten in the fourth quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s quarterly survey of senior credit managers at 20 leading Wall Street dealers. The finding furthers a trend that the Fed reseachers … Continue reading

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Matt King had it right in 2008, joins Gorton, Milne

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Commentary The Financial crisis of 2008 was not caused by financial institutions having to write down the value of subprime loans, collateralized debt obligations of asset-backed securities, asset-backed commercial paper, auction rate securities, and just plain old home loans. Instead, … Continue reading

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Keep an eye on this quarterly Fed study of repos

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A shortgage of trusted repo collateral is slowing the flow of credit in the U.S. and in Europe, and that trend is showing up in a survey of the repo market now being conducted quarterly by the Federal Reserve. Spotting … Continue reading

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Bloomberg details Fed’s three-year bailout frenzy

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Bloomberg News has given us a stunning picture of the frantic efforts by the Federal Reserve to save the credit markets between August 2007 and April 2010. The report doesn’t mention the R-word (repo), even though fear for the repurchase … Continue reading

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Lenders, not borrowers, were the driving force behind the financial crisis

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Editor’s note: RepoWatch would like to recognize Financial Times editor Gillian Tett, whose August 11 column about the Pozsar report proves once again that she is far ahead of other journalists in her understanding of the core issues facing financial … 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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Is insurance moving more into the shadows?

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Insurance companies are taking advantage of new laws in roughly 30 states that help them hide risks, reduce costs, cut back on reserves and find friendlier regulators, according to a story in the New York Times. From the story, by Mary Williams … 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 continues long-term growth track in Europe

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The European repurchase market declined 15.3 percent in December, as compared to the prior June, because of the unwinding of some “very large and somewhat specialized transactions,” the European Repo Council reported March 10. The council did not identify the … Continue reading

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Shadow banking funded by repos, securities lending

The shadow banking system in the U.S. is interconnected by a short-term funding chain of repurchase agreements and securities lending that needs more effective supervision, an International Monetary Fund economist says in a report released today. Shadow banking lenders often are lax in … Continue reading