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Implementing repurchase agreements in emerging markets

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  • Osterberg, William P.

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Repurchase Agreements (repos) have received increasing scrutiny as a result of their involvement in the recent financial crisis. While viewed as an important part of the ‘shadow banking system’ allowing non-banks to access liquidity and expand leverage, the legal and accounting status of most ‘repos’ is still unclear. Meanwhile, the usage of ‘repos’ in the development of emerging financial markets continues to expand, playing a pivotal role in monetary operations and fixed income markets. In this briefing, I discuss the main issues surrounding ‘repos’ in relatively undeveloped markets (EMs1) including the legal status of the first leg of the ‘repo’ as a true sale and the distinction between ‘repos’ and ‘sell-buybacks.’ I also discuss aspects of EMs that are relevant to the adoption of ‘repos.’ Primary among these is the thinness of markets, the legal status of ‘repos,’ accounting practices, monetary policy. Recommendations are offered regarding specific issues common to these countries.

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  • Osterberg, William P., 2011. "Implementing repurchase agreements in emerging markets," MPRA Paper 36011, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:36011
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    1. M. Ruth & K. Donaghy & P. Kirshen, 2006. "Introduction," Chapters,in: Regional Climate Change and Variability, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Peter Hördahl & Michael R King, 2008. "Developments in repo markets during the financial turmoil," BIS Quarterly Review, Bank for International Settlements, December.
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    Keywords

    Repurchase agreement; Collateralized loan; Market thinness; Treasuries; Margining; Counterparty risk; Liquidity ratios; Sell-buyback;

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    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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