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Repo - how it works

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Published: 15th February 2010 by William Webster

A repo involves two parties. One party, (the seller), gives collateral, normally bonds, to the other party, (the buyer). In return the buyer pays a cash amount to the seller. The cash amount involved is based on the market price of the collateral plus its accrued interest.

The seller does a repo, the buyer a reverse repo:

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There are two parties to a repurchase transaction (repo). The party that provides (sells) the collateral is doing a repo. The party that takes (buys) the collateral is doing a reverse repo. Let's see this in a diagram: