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Liquidity and credit risks in the UK’s financial crisis


  • Woon Wong

    (University of the West of England, Bristol)

  • Iris Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal

    (University of the West of England, Bristol)

  • Wanru Yao

    (University of the West of England, Bristol)

  • Peter Howells

    () (University of the West of England, Bristol)


This paper investigates the relationship between credit risk and liquidity components in the interbank spread and how this relationship unfolded during the recent financial crisis. We find that prior to the central bank’s Bank of England’s intervention counterpart risk was a major factor in the widening of the spread and also caused a rise in liquidity risk. However, this relationship was reversed after central bank started quantitative easing (QE). Using the accumulated value of asset purchases as a proxy for central bank’s liquidity provisions, we provide evidence that the QE operations were successful in reducing liquidity premia and ultimately, indirectly, credit risk.

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  • Woon Wong & Iris Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal & Wanru Yao & Peter Howells, 2013. "Liquidity and credit risks in the UK’s financial crisis," Working Papers 20131301, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:20131301

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    interbank spreads; liquidity premia; credit risk; quantitative easing; financial crisis;

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