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ICMA ERCC Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market - Archive
The "ICMA ERC Guide to best practice in the European Repo Market", published in March 2014, superseded the repo trading practice guidelines published by the ICMA ERC over a decade ago. The March 2014 version was the ICMA ERC’s first initiative to comprehensively explain best practices and conventions for the European repo market. A separate ICMA ERC guideline, updated in 2012, elaborated best practices and conventions for repo margining. Complementing these guidelines, other repo documentation published by the ICMA included a codification of floating-rate repo conventions; a recommendation on repo matching as a driver for risk reduction; and a recommendation regarding fails in negative interest rate repos. The March 2014 version of the Guide pulled together and updated these previous ICMA publications.


February 2017 version
July 2015 version
October 2014 amendments

Changes to the March 2014 version of the ICMA ERC Guide to best practice in the European Repo Market are detailed in the documents below and were effective, as dated.

20 October 2014
Amendment to the “Interest payments on cash margin” provisions contained in the Repo Margining Best Practices set out in Annex II of the ICMA ERC Guide to best practice in the European Repo Market
2 October 2014 
The move to T+2 settlement for  European cash bond markets on 6 October 2014 has implications for the European repo market; the ICMA ERC Guide was revised to reflect these.
March 2014
It is the intention of the ICMA ERCC to continually monitor developments in the European Repo Market. Accordingly, the Guide will continue to remain under review and will be amended as warranted by any evolution in the agreed understanding of best practice. Because of this intention to periodically amend the Guide, the most up-to-date version will be available on the ICMA website for download and print. It will be for repo market participants to ensure that they periodically check the ICMA website to ensure that they have the most up-to-date version of the Guide. For the latest version, please click here.




Repo trading practice guidelines from prior to March 2014


ICMA European Repo Council

25 May 2012
ICMA European Repo Council (ERC) Repo Margining Best Practices 2012*

20 August 2003
Repo Trading Practice Guidelines of 20 August 2003


Other repo documentation

The following documentation has been provided for publication by the International Repo Council and/or its constituent bodies. Users of this information should note that this documentation has not been published under the supervision of ICMA's secretariat and does not, therefore, constitute official ICMA documentation.

Documents for members of the ICMA European Repo Council

12 July 2012
Floating-rate repo conventions

25 July 2011
ERC recommendation on Repo matching as a driver for risk reduction (25 July 2011)

9 November 2007
Resolution by the ERC Committee on the Harmonisation of GMRA mini close-out provisions and ICMA buy-in rules (9 November 2007)

16 November 2004
Recommendation regarding fails in negative interest rate repos, approved by the International Repo Council on 16 November 2004

19 April 2004
Confirmation of second leg of buy/sell back transactions (Letter from the ERC committee chairman to firms active in the repo market, dated 19 April 2004)

Further documents or information may be available from the ERC Secretariat at erc@icmagroup.org

Please note that the formal documentation made available by ICMA, such as the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA) should be obtained from the relevant pages in this section of this web site.

Copies of the Association's repo market surveys are available in the repo market surveys section of the site.

 

* This document replaced the original document on 4 July 2012 in order to correct a typographical error in the definition of a haircut on page 2 which should be defined as:


* This document replaced the original document on 7 November 2013 in order to correct a typographical error in the result of the example calculation of a Repurchase Price on pages 3 and 5 which should be defined as: 25,004,861.10
 


For further information please contact ercc@icmagroup.org.

To access Frequently Asked Questions on repo, click here.

For information on the ICMA Executive Education course 'The ICMA Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market', click here.