FICC takes firm grip of US repo market

Central counterparty wrangled more money market repo cash than banks did by end-2018

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Money market funds trading in the US repo market are now placing more cash at the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation than at banks, completing a shift begun last year.

A subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, the FICC became the number one counterparty for repo trades backed by US Treasury securities for the first time in November – hitting $85.3 billion for the month, according to data from the Office of Financial Research. That was $8.9 billion more than money market fund

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