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How do global banks scramble for liquidity? Evidence from the asset-backed commercial paper freeze of 2007

  • Acharya, Viral V.

    ()

    (New York University Stern School of Business)

  • Afonso, Gara M.

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • Kovner, Anna

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

We investigate how banks scrambled for liquidity following the asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market freeze of August 2007 and its implications for corporate borrowing. Commercial banks in the United States raised dollar deposits and took advances from Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBs), while foreign banks had limited access to such alternative dollar funding. Relative to before the ABCP freeze and relative to their non-dollar lending, foreign banks with ABCP exposure charged higher interest rates to corporations for dollar-denominated syndicated loans. The results point to a funding risk manifesting as currency shortages for banks engaged in maturity transformation in foreign countries.

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Length: 71 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2013
Date of revision: 01 Apr 2016
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