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An empirical study of trade dynamics in the interbank market


Abstract: We use minute-by-minute daily transaction-level payments data to document the cross-sectional and time-series behavior of the estimated prices and quantities negotiated by commercial banks in the fed funds market. We study the frequency and volume of trade, the size distribution of loans, the distribution of bilateral fed funds rates, and the intraday dynamics of the reserve balances held by commercial banks. We find evidence of the importance of the liquidity provision achieved by commercial banks that act as de facto intermediaries of fed funds.

Keywords: federal funds rate; federal funds market; monetary policy; interbank markets;

JEL Classification: E44; G21; E42;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Staff Reports

Publication Date: 2014-06-01

Number: 550

Pages: 40 pages

Note: Previous title: “An Empirical Study of Trade Dynamics in the Fed Funds Market”