The Run on Repo and the Fed's Response

17 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018

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Gary B. Gorton

Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Yale University - Yale Program on Financial Stability

Toomas Laarits

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Andrew Metrick

Yale School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Yale University - Yale Program on Financial Stability

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Date Written: July 19, 2018

Abstract

The Financial Crisis began and accelerated in short-term money markets. One such market is the multi-trillion dollar sale-and-repurchase (repo) market, where prices show strong reactions during the crisis. The academic literature and policy community remain unsettled about the role of repo runs, because detailed data on repo quantities is not available. We provide quantity evidence of the run on repo through an examination of the collateral brought to emergency liquidity facilities of the Federal Reserve. We show that the magnitude of repo discounts (haircuts) on specific collateral is related to the likelihood of that collateral being brought to Fed facilities.

Keywords: Financial Crises, Repo, Centeral Bank

JEL Classification: E32, E44, E58, G01

Suggested Citation

Gorton, Gary B. and Laarits, Toomas and Metrick, Andrew, The Run on Repo and the Fed's Response (July 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3216581 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3216581

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