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Key Mechanics of The U.S. Tri-Party Repo Market

Key Mechanics of the U.S. Tri-Party Repo Market, Adam Copeland, Darrell Duffie, Antoine Martin, and Susan McLaughlin, NY Fed, October 2012.

  • “The 2007-09 financial crisis exposed weaknesses in the design of the U.S. tri-party repo market that could rapidly elevate and propagate systemic risk.
  • A study of the market identifies the collateral allocation and unwind processes as two key mechanics contributing to the market’s fragility and delaying the reforms.
  • The problems stem from the considerable intervention by dealers to allocate collateral and their reliance on intraday financing to unwind, or settle, expiring repos.
  • Streamlining the collateral allocation process and eliminating the time gap associated with the unwinding of repos could reduce market fragility and financial system risk.”
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