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Payments-Related Intraday Credit Differentials and the Emergence of a Vehicle Currency

  • Sujit Chakravorti

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

The hypothesis put forth is that the U.S. dollar's role as a vehicle currency in global foreign exchange markets is linked to the low cost of payments-related intraday credit. After reviewing the types of intraday credit facilities extended to participants on payment systems settling the major currencies, a foreign exchange market is simulated. Results indicate that if there are sufficient differences in the availability of intraday credit between one settlement system and the others, the currency cleared and settled by the payment system extending the greatest intraday credit will have narrower bid-ask spreads. Vehicle currencies are associated with narrower spreads. The hypothesis put forth is that the U.S. dollar's role as a vehicle currency in global foreign exchange markets is linked to the low cost of payments-related intraday credit. After reviewing the types of intraday credit facilities extended to participants on payment systems settling the major currencies, a foreign exchange market is simulated. Results indicate that if there are sufficient differences in the availability of intraday credit between one settlement system and the others, the currency cleared and settled by the payment system extending the greatest intraday credit will have narrower bid-ask spreads. Vehicle currencies are associated with narrower spreads. U.S. dollar's role as a vehicle currency in global foreign exchange markets is linked to the low cost of payments-related intraday credit. After reviewing the types of intraday credit facilities extended to participants on payment systems settling the major currencies, a foreign exchange market is simulated. Results indicate that if there are sufficient differences in the availability of intraday credit between one settlement system and the others, the currency cleared and settled by the payment system extending the greatest intraday credit will have narrower bid-ask spreads. Vehicle currencies are associated with narrower spreads.

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Length: 345 pages
Date of creation: 05 Nov 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpif:0111001
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