Category Archives: Dodd-Frank Act

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The Panic of 2007-8: What happened?

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Ten years after the Panic of 2007-8, there’s still major disagreement about what caused the financial crisis and the Great Recession. That’s the sobering revelation in a flurry of commentary written for the 10th anniversary of the Lehman bankruptcy. Lehman … Continue reading

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At mid-year, repo is like an ancient fable

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Today’s repurchase market is like the ancient fable of the six blind men and the elephant, where the blind men offer very different descriptions of what each saw when they touched an elephant in a different spot. The only thing … Continue reading

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Unfinished business: Banking in the shadows

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Paul Volcker gets it. Will anyone listen? Here’s what he wants Americans to know: The main danger in the financial markets is not banks getting too big. The main danger in the financial markets is non-banks borrowing short to lend … Continue reading

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Repos make the news

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The big news about the repurchase market in 2015 was that it made the news. After decades when the largest financial market in the world rarely appeared in public, in 2015 repos finally hit the big time. At least 140 … Continue reading

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Economists who best understand repo are still working to stabilize it: 2014 in review

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A series of conferences and reports in the second half of 2014 show that the economists who best understand the repo phenomenon are still worried about it and working to stabilize it. This is welcome news, after months of concern … Continue reading

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Runs still threaten the repurchase market: 2014 in review

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As 2014 comes to a close,  it’s tempting to try to assess how much systemic risk has been wrung out of the repurchase market by six years of reforms. A fair summary would be: Much proposed but little imposed. In … Continue reading

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The future looks a lot like the past

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“Regulation of shadow banking is starting to look more and more like regulation of traditional banking 100 to 150 years ago, when it took decades of runs on banks, bank failures and economic agony before  Congress in 1933 finally approved … Continue reading

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NY Fed chief lays it on the line, for bankers and for the rest of us

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It felt like “The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” First to appear was departing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who told Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel in a wide-ranging exit interview January 17 that the financial markets are much … 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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Part 1: Still no data – What’s taking so long?

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It’s three years after the financial crisis, and we still don’t have the most basic data that we  need in order to be able to spot a gathering storm in the financial markets. Especially needed is more information about shadow … 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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Leading crisis experts are trying to get our attention

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When three of the economists most knowledgeable about the financial crisis of 2007-2008 start jumping up and down, waving their arms and shouting “fire!” … maybe we should listen? That’s happening now. Three prominent economists are calling for a solution to … Continue reading

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FT: Volcker rule may exempt repos and securitization

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Repos and securitization, the combination that nearly destroyed the credit markets and the U.S. economy in 2007-2009, will not be prohibited by the Volcker rule, according to the Financial Times. The Volcker rule is intended to limit proprietary trading at … Continue reading

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If it walks like a bank, it should be regulated like a bank

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Financial institutions that borrow short-term loans and use that money to lend long-term loans – that is, they borrow short and lend long – should be regulated like FDIC-insured banks. That’s the essence of a new paper by Morgan Ricks, a … 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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Risk may move from credit default swaps to repos

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In the financial crisis of 2007-2008, much of the systemic risk that forced federal regulators to inject trillions of dollars into the financial markets to keep them from collapsing was caused by repos and credit default swaps. Now it appears the … Continue reading

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JPM and BoNY exposed during debt-ceiling crisis

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Editor’s note: It’s a scandal that Bernanke and Geithner handed reform of tri-party repo to  the bankers instead of to Congress and Dodd-Frank and the reform has not been done. Commentary The most vulnerable banks during this U.S. debt-ceiling crisis … 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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Proposal: Central clearing for repos

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Central clearing for repurchase transactions could prevent the kind of runs on the repo market that triggered the financial crisis in 2007-2008,  writes Jeff Penney, senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, managing member of financial services consulting firm High Line Advisors, and … Continue reading