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Safest U.S. Debt Likely Only Collateral Covered in Repo Clearing

Treasuries and U.S. government-related bonds are likely be the only collateral covered when financial institutions begin offering centralized trade clearing in the short-term market for borrowing and lending debt.

The securities account for about 85 percent of the almost $1.7 trillion financed daily in the repurchase-agreement market, where banks typically borrow cash for a short time from investors, such as money-market mutual funds, using securities as collateral.