"Fire Sales" as a Driver of Systemic Risk in Tri-Party Repo and Other Secured Funding Markets

October 4, 2013

“Fire sales,” actions involving the rapid sale of a large quantity of assets at a dislocated price, are a major systemic risk concern in financial systems that increasingly rely on short-term, secured sources of funding. Fire sales in one market can adversely affect all holders of the asset undergoing pressure in a range of markets beyond tri-party repo, as the reduced price of assets can lead to margin calls and further deleveraging and price declines.

This issue is a key risk concern for the U.S. regulatory community in the context of tri-party repo reform. The Financial Stability Oversight Council’s annual report notes that “The tri-party repo market remains vulnerable to runs by lenders in the event that concerns emerge regarding the financial condition of borrowers such as securities broker-dealers, who depend heavily on this channel for short-term funding.” The tri-party repo reform efforts under way are doing much to improve the stability of settlement arrangements in this important segment of the wholesale financing market. But they have yet to address the critical problems of runs and fire sales.

This workshop brings academics, regulators, and market participants together for a day of discussion to foster new thinking about ways to mitigate this financial stability risk concern.

Attendance is by invitation only.
Registration is closed.
This event is open to the media. Chatham House Rules will be in effect for all but the introductory and keynote remarks; media may report on comments made during the event, but may not attribute remarks to individuals or organizations. President Dudley's introductory remarks and Governor Stein's keynote remarks will be on-the-record. To register, please contact Andrea Priest at the New York Fed, andrea.priest@ny.frb.org or (212) 720-6139.

Workshop Location
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
12th Floor Conference Center
New York, NY 10045

Workshop Organizers
Susan McLaughlin, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Brian Begalle, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Antoine Martin, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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