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The Italian Overnight Market: Microstructure Effects, the Martingale Hypothesis and the Payment System

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  • Emilio Barucci

    () (Universita di Pisa - Department of Economics)

  • Claudio Impenna

    () (Bank of Italy - Payment System Department)

  • Roberto Reno

    () (University of Siena - Department of Economics)

Abstract

This paper analyzes the Italian segment of the Eurozone money market since the start of the European Monetary Union. Some relevant variables are analyzed at different frequencies (intramonth, intraweek and intraday): both level and volatility of the overnight interest rate, volume exchanged in the Italian overnight market, domestic and cross-border large value payments channeled in the Italian real-time gross settlement system (BI-REL). Patterns against the martingale hypothesis on the short-term interest rate are detected, and the relationship between the payment flows and the rate itself is investigated. Overall, evidence comes out that in the new framework Italian banks seem to manage liquidity efficiently.

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  • Emilio Barucci & Claudio Impenna & Roberto Reno, 2003. "The Italian Overnight Market: Microstructure Effects, the Martingale Hypothesis and the Payment System," CEIS Research Paper 24, Tor Vergata University, CEIS.
  • Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:24
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    Keywords

    Overnight market; Interest rate; Payment system;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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