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Repos Come Under Fire

Structured-finance repo collateral may create significant liquidity risks.

September 1, 2012

Repos, or repurchase agreements, are a key source of short-term financing for Wall Street banks and other financial institutions, and they are under scrutiny once again for being fraught with risk. A Fitch Ratings report in August found a significant weak point in repo markets, a part of the "shadow banking" system that finances trillions of dollars in banks' trading activities. Read more...

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