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The G-Spread Suggests Federal Reserve Restored Calm to Treasury Markets


Abstract: In March, the coronavirus pandemic led to a sell-off in Treasury markets and a subsequent period of financial stress. I use one measure of Treasury market pressure, the G-spread, to gauge how liquidity in Treasury markets changed in response to the pandemic and the Federal Reserve’s interventions. I find that timely Federal Reserve interventions restored calm to the Treasury market, and that these interventions stand out in speed and scale compared with interventions in the early days of the 2007–08 financial crisis.

Keywords: Treasury markets; Treasury securities; Federal Reserve interventions; COVID-19; Pandemic; Financial markets;

JEL Classification: D53;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Part of Series: Economic Bulletin

Pages: 4