The Euro Interbank Repo Market
42 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2013 Last revised: 29 Mar 2016
Date Written: July 30, 2015
The search for a market design that ensures stable bank funding is at the top of regulators' policy agenda. This paper empirically shows that the central counterparty (CCP)-based euro interbank repo market features this stability. Using a unique and comprehensive data set, we show that the market is resilient during crisis episodes and may even act as a shock absorber, in the sense that repo lending increases with risk, while spreads, maturities, and haircuts remain stable. Our comparison across different repo markets shows that anonymous CCP-based trading, safe collateral, and the absence of an unwind mechanism are the key characteristics to ensure market resilience.
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Keywords: Repurchase agreements, money market structure, central counterparty, short-term debt, financial crisis, unconventional monetary policy
JEL Classification: E43, E58, G01, G12, G21, G28
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