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A look inside AMLF: What traded and who benefited

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  • Akay, Ozgur (Ozzy)
  • Griffiths, Mark D.
  • Kotomin, Vladimir
  • Winters, Drew B.
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    The Federal Reserve’s AMLF program was designed to provide liquidity to money market funds (MMFs). Between September 2008 and May 2009, the program made $217 billion in non-recourse loans to depository institutions and bank holding companies to purchase asset-backed commercial paper from MMFs. JP Morgan and State Street dominated the program, accounting for over 90% of all loans made. Our analysis suggests that JP Morgan exhibited more self-dealing behavior than State Street. We find that JP Morgan and State Street earned economically and statistically significant cumulative returns of 2.28% and 2.49% (respectively) over the first seven days of the program after controlling for market returns and heteroscedasticity.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 1643-1657

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:37:y:2013:i:5:p:1643-1657

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    Keywords: Global financial crisis; Money market funds; Federal Reserve; AMLF;

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    1. Cyree, Ken B. & Griffiths, Mark D. & Winters, Drew B., 2013. "Federal Reserve financial crisis lending programs and bank stock returns," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 3819-3829.

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