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The dollar squeeze of the financial crisis

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  • Jean-Marc Bottazzi

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  • Jaime Luque

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  • Mario R. Pascoa

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  • Suresh Sundaresan

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By Covered Interest rate Parity (CIP), the FX swap implied currrency interest rates should coincide with actual interest rates. When a difference occurs, the residual is referred to as the cross currency basis. We link the Euro- Dollar currency basis (e.g. in 2008) to shadow prices of dollar funding constraints and interpret the basis as the relative physical possession value of the scarcer currency, or the “convenience yield” associated with that currency. This is similar to specialness in repo markets, expressing the physical possession value of a security. We examine how the coordinated central banks intervention can reduce the currency basis.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we1139.

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Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we1139

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Keywords: FX swaps; Repo; Euro-Dollar currency basis; The 2008 dollar squeeze; Possession;

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  1. Pierre-Olivier Weill & Dimitri Vayanos, 2005. "A Search-Based Theory of the On-the-Run Phenomenon," 2005 Meeting Papers 701, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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