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Over-the-counter market liquidity and securities lending

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  • Nathan Foley-Fisher
  • Stefan Gissler
  • Stéphane Verani

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This paper studies how over-the-counter market liquidity is affected by securities lending. We combine micro-data on corporate bond market trades with securities lending transactions and individual corporate bond holdings by U.S. insurance companies. Applying a difference-in-differences empirical strategy, we show that the shutdown of AIG's securities lending program in 2008 caused a statistically and economically significant reduction in the market liquidity of corporate bonds predominantly held by AIG. We also show that an important mechanism behind the decrease in corporate bond liquidity was a shift towards relatively small trades among a greater number of dealers in the interdealer market.

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  • Nathan Foley-Fisher & Stefan Gissler & Stéphane Verani, 2019. "Over-the-counter market liquidity and securities lending," BIS Working Papers 768, Bank for International Settlements.
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    Keywords

    over-the-counter markets; corporate bonds; market liquidity; securities lending; insurance companies; broker-dealers;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G22 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Insurance; Insurance Companies; Actuarial Studies
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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