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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FSB Releases Framework for Nonbank Securities Financing

The Basel, Switzerland-based Financial Stability Board on Monday released a new framework for collateral requirements in repurchase agreements and securities financing transactions with nonbanks.

Intended to limit the growth of potentially destabilizing leverage at insurers, pension funds and shadow banks, the framework calls for regulators to impose qualitative standards on how firms apply haircuts to collateral, as well as fixed numerical floors for haircuts related to trades between banks and nonbanks.

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