How worried should we be about re-hypothecation? Notes on the FSB’s recent report and recommendations

The subject of re-hypothecation of customer assets by banks and brokers has always been an uncomfortable one. While professionals and regulators have long understood that re-hypothecation is essential to financing customer trading activities, public and political perception is at best ambivalent and at worst downright hostile. In its January 2017 report, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) offers its view on the current state of global re-hypothecation regulation and practices; risks remaining in the system; and recommendations for moving forward.
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