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New York Fed Forced To Intervene After Funding Squeeze Goes Mental

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12 comments on “New York Fed Forced To Intervene After Funding Squeeze Goes Mental

  1. Not sure of the source, but a friend just sent me this. *N.Y. FED CANCELS REPO OPERATION DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES 09:46:53 They had announced a $75B O/N repo to calm worries… But cancelled due to ‘technical difficulties’

  2. Yep, and obviously I had not read beyond your title when I posted the comment above, so apologies.

  3. Why do I think this is about foreign collateral and a loan to the Saudis?

  4. Jeff has been doing repomania for years and dollar shortage:

    “In the post-crisis period, the lack of substitute for MBS remained an ongoing hurdle (especially since some banks particularly in Europe had sold their MBS to the Fed in QE and then bought PIIGS bonds as their primary repo substitute). In other words, there’s been a collateral shortage ever since the word subprime entered the mainstream vocabulary.

    Banks, however, have not sat idly. They’ve been creative in attempting to deal with the constant lack of supply (before the T-bill deluge). One way around it was to have transformed other forms of lower tier collateral using what UST’s (or German bunds) might be available.

    Only, in this case it wasn’t subprime MBS that was the starting block for the transformations. Instead, more and more, it was junk corporates, CLO tranches, leveraged loan products and the like; and, more than that, all of those things offshore, Eurobond, and EM.”


    • “Jeff has been doing repomania for years”…

      He sure has. LOL.

      Not in a condescending way or anything. He’s just super into it. Which is great. Just amusing sometimes.

      • Yah, he’s sort of in the spotlight lately after being in the darkness for a long time:

        Today: China Theory

        if repo market is lender of last resort for the offshore $ funding as Jeff Snider been claiming for long time, is it the Chinese who got all there dollars to prop up RMB?

        Roman Kalinin @Roma_Kalinin

        Last wk: So what should they do? Encourage the Treasury to issue more of the long bonds the market is demanding: 30- or even 100-year. Feed the beast. Then stop quantitative easing: It doesn’t work and soaks up collateral. Next, stop paying interest on reserves. Maybe even create a nontradable “Treasury-R” to act as reserve currency elsewhere, freeing up more bonds. If history repeats, there are about 90 days until China repos roll over again.


  5. From a few months ago:

    A bigger problem is that the repo facility would not just cap the repo rate, but together with the haircut schedule, it would effectively put a floor on the price of the U.S. Treasury collateral. Why would anyone sell a Treasury for less than the price implied by the Fed’s standing repo rate? Suppose, for example, that (since banks can hold Treasurys of any maturity to meet their LCR) the facility would accept Treasurys of all maturities at haircuts that rise with the maturity. In practice, this would put a ceiling on the entire yield curve. That is, the repo facility would become a way of controlling the entire Treasury term structure! To avoid that outcome, the Fed would need to accept only short-term Treasurys at the standing repo facility.

    And, this may not be the end of the story. Once the Fed creates a U.S. Treasury repo facility, the next time the system is under stress, there will be significant pressure to broaden acceptable collateral (albeit at varying haircuts). That is, as is the case with discount lending, a bank would be able to take virtually any collateral to the Fed and obtain reserves. In fact, Selgin proposes that we simply go there from the start.


  6. Kind of a intertwined related element here, in terms of smart-money banks front-running monetary policy and being steps ahead of the dumb-money CB’s (just say no to QE and start regulating banks again … Make Banks Better Again ==> MBBA):

    Quantitative Easing and the Hot Potato Effect:
    Evidence from Euro Area Banks
    Ellen Ryan & Karl Whelan
    Vol. 2019, No. 1

    In this sense, while we find the money multiplier model’s hot potato effect is alive and well, the actions of banks in moving on reserves are not consistent during this period with the model’s assumption that all excess reserves get turned into loans, get spent in the real economy and then create further increases in credit. Still, it is likely that the mechanism ( Asset Purchase Programme) documented here has had an effect in driving
    down European bond yields and we believe this effect is conceptually different from the portfolio rebalancing effect which has dominated the literature on QE.

  7. Can anyone explain, in terms suitable for the simple minded (me), what drove up the repo demand (or drive down the repo supply) to cause this problem to manifest today vs not manifesting last week? What’s the underlying message?

  8. “The PBOC may see the liquidity released via RRR cuts as providing enough liquidity to the market,” said Frances Cheung at Westpac. “A stable MLF rate does not mean LPR cannot fall. There is downside to LPR given its spread over MLF and given the lower funding costs amid the RRR cuts.”

    Data released on Monday pointed to a deepening slowdown in China’s economy in August, with growth in industrial production at its weakest in 17-1/2 years amid spreading pain from a trade war with the United States and softening domestic demand. Retail sales and investment gauges also worsened.


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