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Buy sell back transactions

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Published: 19th February 2010 by William Webster

A buy/sell back is a spot sale of a security with a simultaneous forward purchase. Buy/sell backs are sometimes used instead of repo transactions. The main difference between the two structures is that in a repo, the repo rate is used to determine the sum of money that is repaid at maturity. In a buy/sell back the deal is quoted as a spot and forward security price. The actual collateral amounts and cash payments are the same in both structures. Here is an example:

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