IHS Markit reports $2.6bn in securities finance revenues for Q1 2021, a 15% YoY increase

Securities Finance Update: Q1 2021

  • Q1 revenues increased by 15% YoY
  • UST 10Y demand soared in Q1
  • US equity special balances skyrocketed (and then pulled back)
  • New record for ETP loan balances

Global securities finance revenues totaled $2.6bn for Q1 2021, a 15% YoY increase. Returns increased 11% sequentially, as compared with Q4 2020. The new year came out of the gate at a sprint pace, with the short squeeze in US equities and soaring borrow demand for USTs. Growth in fixed income borrow demand extended to corporates and exchange traded products as well. Global lendable assets reached a record high in Q1, $30T, while loan balances reached a post-GFC high of $2.7T.

The full update is available at https://ihsmarkit.com/research-analysis/securities-finance-q1-2021.html

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