66 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2012
Date Written: March 1, 2012
This paper, originally released in August 1989 as part of a Federal Reserve Bank of New York series on the U.S. securities markets, examines loans of Treasury and agency securities in the domestic market. It highlights some important institutional characteristics of securities loan transactions, in particular the common use of agents to arrange the terms of the loans. While we note that this characteristic sets securities lending apart from most repurchase agreement (repo) transactions, which occur bilaterally between a borrower and a lender, we observe that repo and securities loan transactions ultimately serve the same important economic purpose — to cover short positions used for hedging or arbitrage in related cash markets. The data used here, though largely informal, were provided by knowledgeable market participants.
Keywords: securities lending, repo
JEL Classification: G10, G19, G20
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lipson, Paul and Sabel, Bradley K. and Keane, Frank M., Securities Lending (March 1, 2012). FRB of New York Staff Report No. 555. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2030418
By Frank Keane