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Market liquidity after the financial crisis


Abstract: This paper examines market liquidity in the post-crisis era in light of concerns that regulatory changes might have reduced dealers? ability and willingness to make markets. We begin with a discussion of the broader trading environment, including an overview of regulations and their potential effects on dealer balance sheets and market making, but also considering additional drivers of market liquidity. We document a stagnation of dealer balance sheets after the financial crisis of 2007-09, which occurred concurrently with dealer balance sheet deleveraging. However, using high-frequency trade and quote data for U.S. Treasury securities and corporate bonds, we find only limited evidence of a deterioration in market liquidity.

Keywords: liquidity; Treasury market; regulation; corporate bonds; market making;

JEL Classification: G12; G21; G28;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Staff Reports

Publication Date: 2016-10-20

Number: 796

Pages: 45 pages

Note: An earlier version of this paper circulated in May 2015 under the title ā€œVol-of-Vol and Market Making.ā€