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The topology of the federal funds market

  • Morten L. Bech
  • Enghin Atalay

The recent turmoil in global financial markets underscores the importance of the federal funds market as a means of distributing liquidity throughout the financial system and a tool for implementing monetary policy. In this paper, we explore the network topology of the federal funds market. We find that the network is sparse, exhibits the small-world phenomenon, and is disassortative. In addition, reciprocity loans track the federal funds rate, and centrality measures are useful predictors of the interest rate of a loan.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 354.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:354
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