A form of secured borrowing, using a simultaneous agreement to:
(i) Sell securities at the start of the contract, and
(ii) Buy them back later at a pre-agreed (higher) price at a fixed future date.
The party selling securities (usually bonds, gilts, treasuries or other government or tradable instruments) at the start of the contract is the borrower, receiving cash at the start and tied to an agreement to buy the securities back at a specified later date and price.
In the event of the borrower's default, the lender (party providing the cash to the borrower) can sell the collateralised security to recoup some or all of its investment.
A reverse repurchase agreement (reverse repo) is the mirror image of the repo transaction, from the investor/lender’s view – and could logically have been called a “re-sale agreement”.
By extension, collateralised borrowing using securities as the collateral (without legal transfer of the securities).
- Bilateral repurchase agreement
- Closing leg
- Global Master Repurchase Agreement
- Tri-party repurchase agreement
- Opening leg
- Repo rate
- Reverse repo rate
- Reverse repurchase agreement
- Securities Financing Transaction
- Securities Financing Transaction Regulation
- Cash in the new post-crisis world