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Re-hypotecation of securities


  • Jean-Marc Bottazzi

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Jaime Luque

    () (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid [Madrid])

  • Mário Páscoa

    () (NOVA - School of Business and Economics - School of Business and Economics)


By introducing repro markets we understand how agents need to borrow issued securities before shorting them : (re)-hypothecation is at the heart of shorting. Non-negative amounts of securities in the box of an agent (amounts borrowed or owned but not lent on) can be sold, and recursive use of securities as collateral allows agents to leverage their positions. A binding box constraint induces a liquidity premium : the repro rate becomes special, the security price higher than expected discounted cash-flows. Existence of equilibrium is granted under limited re-hypothecation, a situation secured by (current or proposed) institutional arrangements.

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  • Jean-Marc Bottazzi & Jaime Luque & Mário Páscoa, 2010. "Re-hypotecation of securities," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00476004, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00476004
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    Re-hypothecation; repro; box; leverage; repo collateral multiplier; short sale; issuing; collateral; pledge; specialness; equilibrium security pricing.; Pensions; possession; titres effet de levier; caution; vente à découvert; émission; nantissement; spécial; évaluation.;

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    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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