Securities lending down over 10% among US insurers in 2018

Firms stepped away from securities lending transactions and repo markets last year

US insurers retreated from the securities and cash lending markets in 2018, data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) shows. 

Insurers’ reinvested collateral – the total amount of cash and other instruments received via securities lending transactions (SLT) – was $49.7 billion at end-2018, down $5.9 billion (10.6%) year-on-year. The drop continued a trend stretching back to at least 2013, when reinvested collateral stood at $61 billion. 

The bulk of reinvested

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