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The leverage ratio and liquidity in the gilt and gilt repo markets

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  • Bicu-Lieb, Andreea
  • Chen, Louisa
  • Elliott, David

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Market participants argue that a significant unintended consequence of post-crisis regulatory leverage ratio requirements is a reduction in the liquidity of fixed income markets. We assess this claim in the context of the gilt (U.K. government bond) and gilt repo markets over the period 2010 to 2017. We find that gilt repo liquidity worsened during the period when U.K. leverage ratio policy was introduced, and that gilt liquidity worsened conditional on factors such as funding costs and inventory risk. We also find evidence that gilt repo liquidity has become less resilient. However, evidence from heterogeneity in dealer behavior is inconclusive regarding a causal link between leverage ratio requirements and the reduction in market liquidity.

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  • Bicu-Lieb, Andreea & Chen, Louisa & Elliott, David, 2020. "The leverage ratio and liquidity in the gilt and gilt repo markets," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 48(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finmar:v:48:y:2020:i:c:s1386418118302039
    DOI: 10.1016/j.finmar.2019.100510
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    Keywords

    Market liquidity; Leverage ratio; Bank regulation; Repo; Gilt market; Market-making;
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    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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