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Liquidity in Government versus Covered Bond Markets

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  • Jens Dick-Nielsen
  • Jacob Gyntelberg
  • Thomas Sangill

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We present findings on the secondary market liquidity of government and covered bonds in Denmark before, during and after the 2008 financial crisis. The analysis focuses on wholesale trading in the two markets and is based on a complete transaction level dataset covering November 2007 until end 2011. Overall, our findings suggest that Danish benchmark covered bonds by and large are as liquid as Danish government bonds - including in periods of market stress. Before the financial crisis of 2008, government bonds were slightly more liquid than covered bonds. During the crisis, trading continued in both markets but the government bond market experienced a brief but pronounced decline in market liquidity while liquidity in the covered bond market was more robust - partly reflective of a number of events as well as policy measures introduced in the autumn of 2008. After the crisis, liquidity in the government bond market quickly rebounded and government bonds again became slightly more liquid than covered bonds.

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  • Jens Dick-Nielsen & Jacob Gyntelberg & Thomas Sangill, 2012. "Liquidity in Government versus Covered Bond Markets," BIS Working Papers 392, Bank for International Settlements.
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    Cited by:

    1. Clemens Bonner, 2016. "Preferential Regulatory Treatment and Banks' Demand for Government Bonds," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 48(6), pages 1195-1221, September.
    2. Bank for International Settlements, 2014. "Market-making and proprietary trading: industry trends, drivers and policy implications," CGFS Papers, Bank for International Settlements, number 52.
    3. Clemens Bonner & Eward Brouwer & Iman van Lelyveld, 2018. "Drivers of market liquidity - Regulation, monetary policy or new players?," DNB Working Papers 605, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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