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An Empirical Study of Trade Dynamics in the Interbank Market
Previous title: “An Empirical Study of Trade Dynamics in the Fed Funds Market”
2014   February 2012  Number 550
Revised June 2014
JEL classification: E42, E44, G21

Authors: Gara Afonso and  Ricardo Lagos

We use minute-by-minute daily transaction-level payments data to document the cross-sectional and time-series behavior of the estimated prices and quantities negotiated by commercial banks in the interbank market. We study the frequency and volume of trade, the size distribution of loans, the distribution of bilateral rates, and the intraday dynamics of the reserve balances held by commercial banks. We find evidence of the importance of the liquidity provision achieved by commercial banks that act as de facto intermediaries of funds.

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