Funding Constraints and Liquidity in Two-Tiered OTC Markets
42 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2017 Last revised: 14 Dec 2017
Date Written: December 9, 2017
Using primary dealer transactional data from the UK government bond (gilt) market, we identify a new channel through which dealer funding constraints may impair liquidity in two-tiered OTC markets. The key finding is that funding constraints also inhibit dealers' ability to accommodate each others' trade requests in the inter-dealer segment, which limits their collective ability to manage inventories and share risk. As a result, funding constraints end up compromising liquidity above and beyond any direct effects caused by individual dealers' inability to accommodate client trade requests due to their individual balance sheet constraints.
Keywords: gilt market, liquidity, inter-dealer trading
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14
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