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Repo Haircuts and Economic Capital


  • Wujiang Lou


This article develops a haircut model by treating repos as debt investments and seeks haircuts to control counterparty contingent exposure to asset price gap risk. It corroborates well with empirically stylized facts, explains tri-party and bilateral repo haircut differences, recasts haircut increases during the financial crisis, and sets a limit on access liquidity dealers can extract while acting as funding intermediaries between money market funds and hedge funds. Once a haircut is set, repo's residual risk becomes a pricing challenge, as is neither hedgeable nor diversifiable. We propose a capital pricing approach of computing repo economic capital and charging the borrower a cost of capital. Capital charge is shown to be countercyclical and a key element of repo pricing and used in explaining the repo pricing puzzle and maturity compression phenomenon.

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  • Wujiang Lou, 2016. "Repo Haircuts and Economic Capital," Papers 1604.05404,, revised Oct 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1604.05404

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