Cross-Border Transmission of Emergency Liquidity
46 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2016
Date Written: 2016
We show that emergency liquidity provision by the Federal Reserve transmitted to non-U.S. banking markets. Based on manually collected holding company structures of international banks, we can identify banks in Germany with access to U.S. facilities via internal capital markets. Using proprietary interest rate data reported to the German central bank, we compare lending and borrowing rates of banks with and without such access. U.S. liquidity shocks cause a significant decrease in the short-term funding costs of German banks with access. Short-term loan rates charged to German corporates also decline, albeit with lags between two and four months. These spillover effects of U.S. monetary policy are confined to short-term rates.
Keywords: monetary policy transmission, emergency liquidity, internal capital markets, interest rates
JEL Classification: E52, E58, F23, F38, G01, G21
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