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Repo runs: evidence from the tri-party repo market
Adam Copeland
Antoine Martin
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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Adam Copeland & Antoine Martin & Michael Walker, Repo runs: evidence from the tri-party repo market, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Staff Reports 506, 2011, revised 01 Aug 2014.
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Note: For a published version of this report, see Adam Copeland, Antoine Martin, and Michael Walker, "Repo Runs: Evidence from the Tri-Party Repo Market," Journal of Finance 69, no. 6 (December 2014): 2343-80.
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Keywords: tri-party repo; wholesale funding; money markets; short-term funding
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