Category Archives: Too interconnected to fail

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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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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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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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NY Fed economist buries the bad news about tri-party repo reform

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Commentary From the editor: To those of you who read the latest from the New York Fed’s Liberty Street economists, Stabilizing the Tri-Party Repo Market by Eliminating the ‘Unwind,’ I hope you read to the end of the piece. At … Continue reading