Liquidity Restrictions, Runs, and Central Bank Interventions: Evidence from Money Market Funds

61 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020 Last revised: 30 Dec 2020

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Lei Li

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Yi Li

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Marco Macchiavelli

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Xing (Alex) Zhou

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: December 29, 2020

Abstract

Liquidity restrictions on investors, like the redemption gates and liquidity fees introduced in the 2016 money market fund (MMF) reform, are meant to improve financial stability. However, we find evidence that such liquidity restrictions might have exacerbated the run on prime MMFs during the Covid-19 crisis. Our results indicate that gates and fees could generate strategic complementarities among investors in crisis times. Severe outflows from prime MMFs led the Federal Reserve to intervene with the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF). By providing "liquidity of last resort," the MMLF stopped the MMF run and stabilized short-term funding markets.

Keywords: runs, money market funds, redemption gates and liquidity fees, strategic complementarities, Covid-19, MMLF

JEL Classification: G23, G28, E58

Suggested Citation

Li, Lei and Li, Yi and Macchiavelli, Marco and Zhou, Xing (Alex), Liquidity Restrictions, Runs, and Central Bank Interventions: Evidence from Money Market Funds (December 29, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3607593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3607593

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