Category Archives: Shadow banking

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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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Yelling “Fire!” but no one moves

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Risk is rising in the land of shadow banking. Regulators don’t know how to track it, they don’t know what to do about it and it’s not going to end well. Those are the implications of recent reports whose authors … 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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2016 news round-up: So little has changed

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The biggest news about the repurchase market in 2016 was how little has changed since 2008. A year ago, the future looked brighter. 2015 was a hopeful year for people who want to see a solution to the risks that … 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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The 2008 crisis: Was it traditional banks or shadow banks?

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Still think the financial crisis happened at banks? Think the extensive regulation of banks that Congress and regulators have undertaken since 2008 has solved the problem? Take a look at this chart from “Shadow Banking Reemerges, Posing Challenges to Banks … 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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Lenders drove the boom and the bust

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In the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, trillions of new dollars flooded into housing.  Why? Was it coaxed into the housing market by borrowers who convinced bankers they could pay back the loans? No. It gushed into … 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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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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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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How journalists can learn from the 2008 financial crisis

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This post is a transcript of  an 11-minute talk RepoWatch editor Mary Fricker gave to college journalism professors, students and others at the 11th Annual Convergence and Society Conference, Advancing Business Journalism and Convergence, at the University of South Carolina School … 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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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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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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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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Shadow banking, part 3: Some experts call for FDIC-style safety net for shadow banking

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The financial crisis showed that the safety net for traditional banks can work. Although 436 banks failed from January 2008 through April 2012 – some large, like Washington Mutual, but none the size of Lehman Brothers – the FDIC handled … 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