Repo, re-use and re-hypothecation

In the regulatory debate about shadow banking, and in particular repo, there has been much confusion about the legal terminology of collateral, some of it threatening to have substantive policy consequences. This blog is a basic primer on the difference between ‘re-use’ and ‘re-hypothecation’ of collateral. Outside the US, a repo works by means of…

How good a picture can Euro GC Pooling provide of the interbank euro GC repo market?

An interesting academic paper has recently suggested that Eurex Repo’s Euro GC Pooling (EGCP) system ‘allows us to comprehensively investigate the bilateral CCP-based part of the interbank segment of the euro GC repo market’ and makes it possible to ‘accurately document and analyse developments in the bilateral CCP-based interbank repo market’.[1] This is of topical…

How much does repo encumber collateral?

The issue The encumbrance of banks’ assets has become an issue of growing concern to regulators. Banks have increasingly resorted to secured funding in the wake of the financial crisis and as unsecured funding has become more expensive and generally scarce, while investors have increasingly preferred secured assets in order to mitigate heightened counterparty credit…