Reuters: German finance agency ups repo market activity to ease collateral scarcity

Germany’s finance agency has stepped up its participation in the repo market in recent days to alleviate a shortage of debt used as collateral that sharply raised the cost of borrowing the country’s bonds, a market source told Reuters.

The source said participation was slightly lower than “significant” levels seen at the end of last year when the agency, which manages Germany’s debt, had stepped in to ease a similar squeeze on collateral.

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