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How Do Austrian Banks Fund Their Swiss Franc Exposure?

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  • Raphael Auer

    (International Trade and Capital Flows Unit)

  • Sebastien Kraenzlin

    (Money Market Unit)

  • David Liebeg

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Financial Markets Analysis and Surveillance Division)

Abstract

Austrian banks have traditionally issued large volumes of Swiss franc-denominated loans. Although new issuance has virtually stopped since 2008, the outstanding volume (CHF 81 billion at mid-2012) will continue to pose a challenge to financial stability at least in the coming decade. This study examines how Austrian banks have refinanced their Swiss franc positions and how this changed with the onset of the financial crisis. We document the importance and evolution of three main funding sources: (1) the secured and unsecured interbank money market, (2) Swiss franc-denominated bond issuances, and (3) central bank financing operations. Our findings are that while activity in the unsecured money market almost came to a halt around the collapse of Lehman brothers and the issuance of Swiss franc-denominated bonds also decreased, the cross-border repo market proved resilient. Moreover, an important role in dealing with the funding drought was played by central bank operations, namely repo operations by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and swap facilities provided by the SNB and the ECB.

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  • Raphael Auer & Sebastien Kraenzlin & David Liebeg, 2012. "How Do Austrian Banks Fund Their Swiss Franc Exposure?," Financial Stability Report, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 24, pages 54-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbfs:y:2012:i:24:b:1
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    1. Kraenzlin, Sébastien & Nellen, Thomas, 2015. "Access policy and money market segmentation," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(C), pages 1-12.
    2. Raphael Auer & Sebastien Kraenzlin, 2011. "International liquidity provision during the financial crisis: a view from Switzerland," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, vol. 93(Nov), pages 409-418.
    3. Sébastien Philippe Kraenzlin & Benedikt von Scarpatetti, 2011. "Bargaining Power in the Repo Market," Working Papers 2011-14, Swiss National Bank.
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    Keywords

    foreign currency loan; banking supervision; banking sector stability; lender of last resort; refinancing; interbank market;
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    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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