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How does the repo market behave under stress? Evidence from the Covid-19 crisis

Anne-Caroline Hüser (), Caterina Lepore () and Luitgard Veraart ()
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Anne-Caroline Hüser: Bank of England, Postal: Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH
Caterina Lepore: International Monetary Fund
Luitgard Veraart: London School of Economics and Political Science

No 910, Bank of England working papers from Bank of England

Abstract: We examine how the repo market operates during liquidity stress by applying network analysis to novel transaction-level data of the overnight gilt repo market including the Covid-19 crisis. During this crisis, the repo network becomes more connected, with most institutions relying on existing trade relationships to transact. There are however significant changes in the repo volumes and spreads during the stress relative to normal times. We find a significant increase in volumes traded in the cleared segment of the market. This reflects a preference for dealers and banks to transact in the cleared rather than the bilateral segment. Funding decreases towards non-banks, only increasing for hedge funds. Further, spreads are higher when dealers and banks lend to rather than borrow from non-banks.

Keywords: Repo market; liquidity risk; financial networks; market microstructure; Covid-19 crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D85 G01 G21 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2021-02-26, Revised 2021-06-18
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