Trade dynamics in the market for federal funds

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 interbank market. We study the frequency and volume of trade, the size distribution of loans, the distribution of bilateral 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 funds.

Keywords: over-the-counter; fed funds market; search; bargaining;

JEL Classification: G1; D83; C78; E44;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Staff Reports

Publication Date: 2014-06-01

Number: 549

Pages: 40 pages

Note: For a published version of this report, see Gara Afonso and Ricardo Lagos, "Trade Dynamics in the Market for Federal Funds," Econometrica 83, no. 1 (January 2015): 263-313.