Rehypothecation

Rehypothecation,

Definition of Rehypothecation:

  1. Rehypothecation is a practice whereby banks and brokers use, for their own purposes, assets that have been posted as collateral by their clients. Clients who permit rehypothecation of their collateral may be compensated either through a lower cost of borrowing or a rebate on fees. In a typical example of rehypothecation, securities that have been posted with a prime brokerage as collateral by a hedge fund are used by the brokerage to back its own transactions and trades.

  2. Rehypothecation was a common practice until 2007, but hedge funds became much more wary about it in the wake of the Lehman Brothers collapse and subsequent credit crunch in 2008-09. In the United States, rehypothecation of collateral by broker-dealers is limited to 140% of the loan amount to a client, under Rule 15c3-3 of the SEC.

  3. US practice in securities trading whereby (under certain circumstances) a broker may use securities in his or her possession (but owned by a customer) as collateral to raise a loan to cover a short position.

How to use Rehypothecation in a sentence?

  1. Hypothecation occurs when a borrower promises the right to an asset as a form of collateral in exchange for funds.
  2. Rehypothecation occurs when the lender uses its rights to the collateral to participate in its own transactions, often with the hopes of financial gain.
  3. Rehypothecation was a common practice until 2007, but hedge funds became much more wary about it in the wake of the Lehman Brothers collapse and subsequent credit crunch in 2008-09.

Meaning of Rehypothecation & Rehypothecation Definition