The unintended impact of swap stays on financial stability

As swaps leverage shrinks, bankruptcy stay rules are not guaranteed to reduce systemic risk, says economist

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Stays in over-the-counter derivatives markets have had a complicated evolution. Prior to the failure of Lehman Brothers, policymakers had long exempted derivatives from stays – which essentially rescind creditors’ contract termination rights and instead grant them to the debtor or resolution authorities – to reduce the risk of spillovers from a defaulting firm to its derivatives counterparties. Since then, they have changed their perspective, seeing creditor termination rights as potentially

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