Time for FAS Put Options, financial markets under stress, bonds dropping today. The REPO market is a key short-term funding source for Wall Street. It tumbled on Monday from its highest since the global credit crisis almost eight years ago, but it remained elevated on signs lending had not fully resumed by the start of the fourth quarter.
The interest rate on repurchase agreements, in which financial institutions use U.S. Treasuries and other securities as collateral to raise cash from investors, was last quoted at 0.75-0.80 percent after falling as low as 0.30-0.40 percent earlier Monday, according to ICAP data. USONRP=GCMN
The overnight repo rate rose as high as 1.75 percent on Friday, which was last seen nearly eight years ago during the height of the financial crisis. This market is often volatile at quarter end and start, but this time it is way more extreme. One analysts notes - if this lasts until Wednesday there is some fundamental change.
It is hard to get up to date quotes except on the repo futures index, and that seems quite delayed, but early this morning the December futures were down, meaning interest rates up and probably why Bonds continued to fall. http://www.playstocks.net/index.php/market-trends/chart-of-the-day