Sidedness and the Urgency to Borrow in the Interbank Market

39 Pages Posted: 12 May 2020 Last revised: 23 Sep 2020

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Celso Brunetti

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Jeffrey H. Harris

American University - Department of Finance and Real Estate

Shawn Mankad

Cornell University

Date Written: September 22, 2020

Abstract

We study the motivations of traders in the interbank market around the 2007-09 subprime crisis. We develop a new methodology that reveals the underlying urgency to borrow overnight funds, which we call Trading Urgency. We find that the dispersion of beliefs (market Sidedness) and Trading Urgency reveal information from the interbank market—these statistics both lead sovereign CDS spreads and react to non-standard central bank interventions introduced during the crisis. Our results map the linkages between the interbank market and sovereigns as well as shed light on the channels that give rise to the sovereign-bank nexus.

Keywords: Sidedness, Liquidity, Credit Default Swaps

JEL Classification: G21, C10, G10

Suggested Citation

Brunetti, Celso and Harris, Jeffrey H. and Mankad, Shawn, Sidedness and the Urgency to Borrow in the Interbank Market (September 22, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3578858 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3578858

Celso Brunetti

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Jeffrey H. Harris

American University - Department of Finance and Real Estate ( email )

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Shawn Mankad (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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