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COVID-19 and bond market liquidity: alert, isolation and recovery


  • Jean-Sébastien Fontaine
  • Hayden Ford
  • Adrian Walton


The disruption due to COVID-19 reverberated through the bond markets in three phases. In the first phase, dealers met the rising demand for liquidity. In the second, dealers reduced the supply of liquidity, and trading conditions worsened significantly. Finally, the market returned to relative stability following several interventions by the Bank of Canada.

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  • Jean-Sébastien Fontaine & Hayden Ford & Adrian Walton, 2020. "COVID-19 and bond market liquidity: alert, isolation and recovery," Staff Analytical Notes 2020-14, Bank of Canada.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bocsan:20-14

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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Covid-19 > Economic consequences > Stock market


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    1. Jean-Sébastien Fontaine & Corey Garriott & Jesse Johal & Jessica Lee & Andreas Uthemann, 2021. "COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons Learned for Future Policy Research," Discussion Papers 2021-2, Bank of Canada.
    2. Guillaume Bédard-Pagé & Daniel Bolduc & Annick Demers & Jean-Philippe Dion & Manu Pandey & Léanne Berger-Soucy & Adrian Walton, 2021. "COVID-19 crisis: Liquidity management at Canada’s largest public pension funds," Staff Analytical Notes 2021-11, Bank of Canada.
    3. Riccardo Poli & Marco Taboga, 2021. "A composite indicator of sovereign bond market liquidity in the euro area," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 663, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    4. David Cimon & Adrian Walton, 2022. "Central Bank Liquidity Facilities and Market Making," Staff Working Papers 22-9, Bank of Canada.

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    Financial markets; Monetary policy;

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    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates

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