Banks could profit from the burgeoning repo market if their collateral management is sophisticated enough, yet few have attempted to integrate this function. Natasha de Teran reports.

With the increasing focus on risk-reduction and the imminent arrival of Basel II, the fast-growing repo market – in which the seller of securities agrees to buy them back at a specified time and price – is likely rise to prominence and expand beyond recognition.

Banks that are already at the forefront of secured lending will profit from this growth but, as more assets are added into the acceptable collateral pool, sophisticated collateral management capabilities will become imperative.

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