Global Banks, Dollar Funding, and Regulation
78 Pages Posted: 8 May 2019
Date Written: April 9, 2019
We document that non-US global banks are increasingly heterogeneous in their dollar banking activities and dollar demand. We study the implications for dollar funding markets using data on security-level money market fund holdings. We find that funds charge higher prices to banks with weaker bargaining positions, consistent with theories of over-the-counter markets. For identification, we use exogenous variation in bargaining power due to window-dressing at quarter-ends and the US money market fund reform. We show that post-crisis regulations have reduced competition in certain segments of dollar funding markets and have generated incentives for regulatory arbitrage, with potentially adverse unintended consequences.
Keywords: Global Banks, Dollar Funding, Regulation, Money Market Funds, Window-Dressing, US MMF Reform
JEL Classification: G15, F30, G21, G28
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