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The Liquidity Coverage Ratio and security prices

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  • Fuhrer, Lucas Marc
  • Müller, Benjamin
  • Steiner, Luzian

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What is the added value of a security which qualifies as a “high-quality liquid asset” (HQLA) under the Basel III “Liquidity Coverage Ratio” (LCR)? In this paper, we quantify the added value in terms of yield changes and, as suggested by Stein (2013), call it “HQLA premium”. To do so, we exploit the introduction of the LCR in Switzerland as a unique quasi-natural experiment and we find evidence for the existence of an HQLA premium in the order of 4 basis points. Guided by theoretical considerations, we claim that the HQLA premium is state dependent and argue that our estimate is a lower bound measure. Furthermore, we discuss the implications of an economically significant HQLA premium. Thereby, we contribute to a better understanding of the LCR and its implications for financial markets.

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  • Fuhrer, Lucas Marc & Müller, Benjamin & Steiner, Luzian, 2017. "The Liquidity Coverage Ratio and security prices," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 292-311.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:75:y:2017:i:c:p:292-311
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2016.11.018
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    Keywords

    Basel III; Liquidity Coverage Ratio; High-quality liquid assets; HQLA premium;
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    JEL classification:

    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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