Are Repurchase Agreements Debt

The repo interest rate system allows governments to control the money supply within economies by increasing or reducing available resources. A cut in repo rates encourages banks to sell securities for cash to the government. This increases the money supply available to the general economy. Conversely, by raising repo rates, central banks can effectively reduce the money supply by preventing banks from reselling these securities. Treasury or government bills, corporate and treasury/government bonds, and shares can all be used as “collateral” in a repo transaction. However, unlike a secured loan, the right to securities passes from the seller to the buyer. Coupons (interest to be paid to the owner of the securities) due while the buyer in repo holds the securities are usually directly passed on to the seller in repo. This may seem counterintuitive, given that the legal ownership of the security rights during the pension contract belongs to the buyer. . . .

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