Securities Loan Gone Bust by Thomas Humphreys, Shamir Merali and Remmelt Reigersman


Under a securities loan agreement, a borrower typically borrows securities from a lender and posts collateral to secure its obligation to return identical securities. Even though the securities are loaned, for US federal income tax purposes there is a transfer of ownership from the lender to the borrower resulting in an exchange upon entering into the agreement and upon termination. However, no gain or loss is recognised to the lender for US federal income tax purposes upon the initial transfer of securities to the borrower and the return of identical securities to the lender upon termination of the securities lending agreement, provided the securities loan agreement meets certain requirements specified by Section 1058 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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