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Why the effective price for money exceeds the policy rate in the ECB tenders?

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  • Välimäki, Tuomas

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The tender spread, i.e. the difference between the effective price for money in the ECB's main refinancing operations and the prevailing policy rate, is one of the main determinants behind the evolution of the EONIA with respect to the ECB's operational target. This study assesses the reasons for which the average tender spread did not reduce after the banks' demand for liquidity was isolated from their interest rate expectations in March 2004. The paper offers two potential explanations for the unexpected behaviour. First, following the increased precision in the ECB's liquidity provision after the end-of- period fine tuning operations were added to the regularly applied tools, even a small bias in the liquidity supply could have resulted in a strictly positive tender spread. Second, banks' uncertainty over their individual allotments in the tender operations may have led to a strictly positive tender spread. Furthermore, the significant growth in the refinancing volumes may have intensified the allotment uncertainty. JEL Classification: D44, E58

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  • Välimäki, Tuomas, 2008. "Why the effective price for money exceeds the policy rate in the ECB tenders?," Working Paper Series 981, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:2008981
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    1. Gabriel Pérez Quirós & Hugo Rodríguez Mendizábal, 2012. "Asymmetric Standing Facilities: An Unexploited Monetary Policy Tool," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 60(1), pages 43-74, April.
    2. Brossard, Olivier & Saroyan, Susanna, 2016. "Hoarding and short-squeezing in times of crisis: Evidence from the Euro overnight money market," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 163-185.

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    Keywords

    EONIA; liquidity; main refinancing operations; tenders;

    JEL classification:

    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies

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