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Investigating the Proposed Overnight Treasury GC Repo Benchmark Rates

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  • Alexandra Altman
  • Kathryn Bayeux
  • Marco Cipriani
  • Adam Copeland
  • Scott Sherman
  • Brett Solimine

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In its recent ?Statement Regarding the Publication of Overnight Treasury GC Repo Rates,? the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in cooperation with the U.S. Treasury Department?s Office of Financial Research, announced the potential publication of three overnight Treasury general collateral (GC) repurchase (repo) benchmark rates. Each of the proposed rates is designed to capture a particular segment of repo market activity. All three rates, as currently envisioned, would initially be based on transaction-level overnight GC repo trades occurring on tri-party repo platforms. The first rate would only include transactions in the tri-party repo market, excluding both General Collateral Finance Repo Service, or GCF Repo, transactions and Federal Reserve transactions. (GCF Repo is a registered service mark of the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation.) Henceforth in this post, this segment will be referred to as tri-party ex-GCF/Fed. The second rate would build on the first by including GCF Repo trading activity while still excluding Federal Reserve transactions. Finally, the third rate would include tri-party ex-GCF/Fed transactions, GCF Repo transactions, and Federal Reserve transactions. The repo benchmark rates would be calculated as volume-weighted medians, as is currently the case for the production of the effective federal funds rate (EFFR) and the overnight bank funding rate (OBFR), and would be accompanied by summary statistics. The three proposed rate compositions result from staff analysis on the various market segments and characteristic trading behavior, though the New York Fed expects to work with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to seek public comment on the composition and calculation methodology for these rates before adopting a final publication plan.

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  • Alexandra Altman & Kathryn Bayeux & Marco Cipriani & Adam Copeland & Scott Sherman & Brett Solimine, 2016. "Investigating the Proposed Overnight Treasury GC Repo Benchmark Rates," Liberty Street Economics 20161219, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:87167
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    repo; reference rate;

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