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Dealer Financial Conditions and Lender-of-Last Resort Facilities


Viral V. Acharya


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Michael J. Fleming


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Warren B. Hrung


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Asani Sarkar


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

May 1, 2014

FRB of New York Staff Report No. 673

Abstract:     
We examine the financial conditions of dealers that participated in two of the Federal Reserve’s lender-of-last-resort (LOLR) facilities -- the Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) and the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF) -- that provided liquidity against a range of assets during 2008-09. Dealers with lower equity returns and greater leverage prior to borrowing from the facilities were more likely to participate in the programs, borrow more, and--in the case of the TSLF -- at higher bidding rates. Dealers with less liquid collateral on their balance sheets before the facilities were introduced also tended to borrow more. There also appear to be some interaction effects between financial performance and balance sheet liquidity in explaining dealer behavior. The results suggest that both financial performance and balance sheet liquidity play a role in LOLR utilization.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 57

Keywords: lender of last resort, central banking, crises, illiquidity, insolvency, stigma

JEL Classification: G01, G28, E58, D44

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Date posted: May 20, 2014  

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Acharya, Viral V. and Fleming, Michael J. and Hrung, Warren B. and Sarkar, Asani, Dealer Financial Conditions and Lender-of-Last Resort Facilities (May 1, 2014). FRB of New York Staff Report No. 673. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2438852 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2438852

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Viral V. Acharya
New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
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New York, NY NY 10012
United States
HOME PAGE: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~sternfin/vacharya/public_html/~vacharya.htm
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance
Stern School of Business
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New York, NY 10012-1126
United States
Michael J. Fleming (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
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New York, NY 10045
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/economists/fleming/
Warren B. Hrung
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States
Asani Sarkar
Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )
Research Department
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New York, NY 10045
United States
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212-720-1582 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/economists/sarkar/pub.html
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