Category Archives: Too big to fail

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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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News Round-up: Role of repo, securitization and shadow banking unsettled in post-crisis world

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RepoWatch recommends the following news reports. Items are arranged chronologically, with the most recent coming first. “Fed Said to Press BNY Mellon to Speed Repo Market Change” by Bradley Keoun, Bloomberg News, September 25: The Federal Reserve, seeking to cut … Continue reading

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News Round-up: Shadow bankers and regulators dig in for a long tug of war

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Updated June 18, 2012 RepoWatch recommends the following reports. Search for the topics that interest you: DataWatch, International repo market, Money market funds, Regulation, Repurchase transactions, Securitization, Shadow banking, Too big to fail, and Tri-party repo. Items are arranged chronologically, … Continue reading

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Repos are at the heart of the European distress

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As financial markets convulse over the European Union once again, RepoWatch would like to remind its readers that at the heart of the problem lies the repurchase market. Yes, some European countries spent too much money and now are burdened … 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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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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Part 1: Tri-party repo’s problems are deep and unresolved

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The tri-party repurchase market is more vulnerable to panic and abuse and further from being fixed than has previously been understood, based on recent reports. This matters, because tri-party was the chief trouble spot in the financial markets in 2007 … Continue reading

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MF Global warning: Financial markets have not been fixed

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The October 31 bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd., a broker-dealer on Fifth Avenue in New York City, is important news for all Americans because it is a warning: The Dodd-Frank Act, which Congress passed 16 months ago to protect Americans … 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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Why banks had so much skin in the game

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One of the great surprises of the financial crisis of 2007-2008 was that commercial and investment banks held one-fourth of the mortgage-backed securities they’d supposedly sold to investors. This surprise shot a big hole in the pre-crisis theory that securitization … Continue reading

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Using taxes, fees or haircuts to reform repo

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Americans don’t hear much debate these days on ways to avoid having to bail out the repurchase market again. That’s a problem, because Congress is not likely to act on an issue the American public is not paying attention to. … Continue reading

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WSJ: REITS fall on repo fears

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In an otherwise enlightening August 2 story about how repo-dependent Real Estate Investment Trusts fared during the debt ceiling crisis, Wall Street Journal reporter John Jannarone made the following statement: Fortunately, the repo market is unlikely to freeze up entirely. … Continue reading

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Economists: Repos underlie financial crisis in Europe

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The financial crisis in Europe grows out of banks’ excessive use of repos and their assumption that government officials will not let the repurchase market fail, according to a July 2011 report by two economists. In “Europe on the Brink,” economists Peter Boone and Simon … Continue reading

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The repurchase market has become Too Big To Fail

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Commentary From the editor: Have the U.S. and Europe reached the point where borrowers can not be allowed to default on their debt, and their lenders or investors can’t be forced to eat any losses, if financial institutions are widely using the debt as collateral … Continue reading

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Banks’ over-reliance on overnight repo is “absurd”

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Enrico Perotti, professor of international finance at the Amsterdam Business School, wants to tax banks that repo, to discourage “the current absurd over reliance on overnight repo markets.” He is highlighting the following papers on his web site. From The Governance … 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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Economists: Finance needs to be measured in new ways

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A new paper by three economists shows how far finance has come from the days when banks took in deposits and used the money to make loans. Today that same bank might augment those deposits by borrowing on the repo market … Continue reading

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A list: Experts who want to break up the big banks

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(last updated:  February 5, 2013) A growing chorus of economists, analysts and other observers are calling for the mega-banks to be broken into smaller pieces. Whatever the cause of the finanical crisis of 2007-2008, the first step toward a solution … Continue reading

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Systemic risk apparently not a priority for regulators, reporters

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Almost three years after the financial crisis, regulators are still trying to find ways to deal with systemic risk, according to two top regulators who spoke at the annual conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in … Continue reading

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Commentary: The big banks, not the shadow banks, are the problem

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Shadow banks do not pose a threat to the future. It’s the giant traditional banks that are the threat, and new regulations may have them cornered. That seems to be the view of Roy C Smith, professor of international business … Continue reading