The Repo Handbook


  • Moorad Choudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Habib Bank Zurich PLC and Visiting Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University.

The Repo Handbook, 2nd edition presents an overview of repo vehicles and markets with sufficient depth for those seeking detailed explanations. In three parts it demonstrates how these secured loans fit into global capital markets and why they account for up to 50% of daily settlement activity in non-US government bonds worldwide. This new edition replaces old examples and introduces new developments, such as structured finance repo and associated topics such as Basel II regulatory rules. In addition, 12 of 18 chapters feature new sections and 4 have been substantially rewritten. The UK gilt and US Treasury repo markets are explored through worked examples, and there are new sections on funding arbitrage trades, risk exposures, and regulatory capital.  It also places repo in context within bank asset-liability management and trading techniques, illustrating repo use across a wide range of applications in the global money markets.  Rarely mentioned in the financial press because of the simple, straightforward nature of the instrument, repo was often the only funding source available to banks during the last quarter of 2008 and the first in 2009. This book, written by a trader, will draw new attention to this valuable and efficient funding and investment product.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8159-9


"The most authoritative source on the repo market. Other texts I have seen totally lack Professor Choudhry's clarity of exposure and really important taste for technical detail."
---Matteo Regesta, Interest Rate Strategist, BNP Paribas, London

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface plus summary outline of book; Part I Repo and the debt capital markets; 1 Intro to repo; 2 Market background: Bond markets I; 3 Market background: Bond markets II; 4 Money markets; 5 The repo instrument; 6 Uses and economic functions: 7 Structured repo and the Total Return Swap; 8 Trading and Hedging; 9 ALM; 10 Gilt and US Treasury repo;  Part II The treatment of repo; 11 Risk; 12 Accounting, Tax and Capital; 13 Legal; 14 Netting; 15 Equity repo; Part III The government bond futures contract, the cheapest-to-deliver, basis trading and the implied repo rate; 16 The Bond Basis I; 17 The Bond Basis II; 18 The Bond Basis III; Glossary; Index