Staff Reports
Repo Runs: Evidence from the Tri-Party Repo Market
2014   July 2011  Number 506
Revised August 2014
JEL classification: E44, E58, G24

Authors: Adam Copeland, Antoine Martin, and Michael Walker

The repo market has been viewed as a potential source of financial instability since the 2007-09 financial crisis, owing in part to findings that margins increased sharply in a segment of this market. This paper provides evidence suggesting that no system-wide run on repo occurred. Using confidential data on tri-party repo, a major segment of this market, we show that the level of margins and the amount of funding were surprisingly stable for most borrowers during the crisis. However, we also document a sharp decline in the tri-party repo funding of Lehman in September 2008.

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