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Call to reassess repo language

The AG MIT CMO versus Royal Bank of Canada case, which recently settled (SCI 3 June), highlights how Covid-19 disruption has caused confusion over what constitutes a ‘recognised market’ for the purpose of selling securities. Indeed, the lawsuit underscores the need for greater clarity in securitisation repurchase agreements.

In the case, AG Mortgage Investment Trust argued that RBC acted opportunistically by issuing margin calls in March and also ignored government policy, which states that those with financial difficulties during that time should be granted forbearance.

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