Ron Morrow has been the Chief of the Bank of Canada’s Funds Management and Banking Department (FBD) since 2010. This department oversees the funding and investment of Canada’s foreign exchange reserves, the management of the federal government’s wholesale and retail debt programs, and the investment of the Bank of Canada’s pension fund. FBD also manages the financial risk associated with these funds-management activities and provides back-office payment and settlement services to the federal government, foreign central banks, and key national and international payments organizations. He holds a Masters in Economics from Queens University.
Credit derivatives are a useful tool for lenders who want to reduce their exposure to a particular borrower but are unwilling to sell their claims on that borrower. Without actually transferring ownership of the underlying assets, these contracts transfer risk from one counterparty to another. Commercial banks are the major participants in this growing market, using these transactions to diversify their portfolios of loans and other risky assets.
The authors examine the size and workings of this relatively new market and discuss the potential of these transactions for distorting existing incentives for risk management and risk monitoring.Topics: Credit and credit aggregates; Financial markets; Market structure and pricing
Repurchase agreements (repos), reverse repos and securities lending markets permit a variety of institutions to conduct a broad range of financial transactions efficiently. In addition, they allow financial market participants to augment the returns on their cash holdings and securities portfolios.
Canadian repo and securities lending markets have grown rapidly in recent years, following the expansion of such markets in major financial centres around the world; the volume of transactions in Canada now averages between $35 billion and $50 billion per day. The author notes that structural and regulatory changes in Canada have played important roles in promoting this growth.
The vast majority of repo and securities lending transactions involve securities issued by the Government of Canada—principally Government of Canada bonds.Topics: Financial markets