Segregated Balance Accounts

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Rod Garratt

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics

Antoine Martin

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Research and Statistics

James McAndrews

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ed Nosal

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Date Written: 2015-05-01

Abstract

This paper describes segregated balance accounts (SBAs), a concept for a new type of account that could provide increased competition for deposits, reduce system-wide balance sheet costs, and improve the transmission of monetary policy by facilitating greater pass-through of interest on excess reserves (IOER). SBAs are designed to remove credit risk by creating narrow accounts that could allow any bank to compete for money market funds. Because of increased competition, the rates paid on borrowings secured by SBAs, along with other money market rates, would likely be pushed up closer to the IOER rate and would be more tightly linked to that rate. SBAs could promote a more efficient allocation of reserves within the banking sector by shifting reserves from banks with high balance sheet costs to banks with low balance sheet costs. SBAs would not require setting an additional administered rate; IOER would be paid on the balances held in an SBA and the rate paid on the loan secured by the balances in the SBA would be competitively determined. We discuss a number of potential risks that SBAs could pose as well as further steps that would be required before SBAs could be implemented.

Keywords: central bank, interest rate

JEL Classification: E40, E42, E50, E58

Suggested Citation

Garratt, Rod and Martin, Antoine and McAndrews, James and Nosal, Ed, Segregated Balance Accounts (2015-05-01). FRB of NY Staff Report No. 730. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2824369

Rod Garratt (Contact Author)

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Antoine Martin

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Research and Statistics ( email )

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James McAndrews

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

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Ed Nosal

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30309-4470
United States

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