Macroprudential Regulation Under Repo Funding

Author/Editor:

Laura Valderrama

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The use of collateral has become one of the most widespread risk mitigation techniques. While it brings stabilizing effects to the individual lender we argue that it may exacerbate systemic risk through margin call activation. We show how a liquidity shock to the cash lender may propagate as a solvency shock via liquidity hoarding even if the cash lender remains solvent in all states of nature. Albeit a cost-effective response of the cash lender to a liquidity shock, liquidity hoarding may lead to the bankruptcy of its repo counterparties triggering contagion across asset classes. To buttress the resilience of the financial system, we lay out a menu of macroprudential policies that deactivate this channel of financial contagion.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/220

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455208852/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010220

Format:

Paper

Pages:

37

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