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European repo market continues rapid growth

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While the U.S. repo recovery has lagged since the 2008 crisis, the European repurchase market has been expanding for two years and rose rapidly in the first half of 2011, according to a biannual survey by the European Repo Council. Fifty-five survey respondents reported that the value of … Continue reading

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Reuters: U.S. banks making repo loans to European banks

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Reuters reports U.S. banks have agreed in recent weeks to make billions of dollars of repurchase loans to European banks, contrary to the official word from U.S. regulators that American banks have reduced their exposure to European banks to a minimum … Continue reading

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Reuters: Repo participants are getting cautious

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Reuters news service reports some traders believe another run on repo has begun. Meanwhile, data tracked by RepoWatch shows a mild tightening. From an August 30 article by Reuters reporter Karen Brettell: Pockets of the fixed income and money markets … 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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Watching U.S. money market funds for signs of a run on EU repo

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New reports from Fitch Ratings and the Financial Times say U.S. money market funds are cutting their exposure to European banks, presumably to protect themselves in the event of a full-blown EU debt crisis. But neither report answers a critical question … Continue reading

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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