A Cautionary Tale of Two extremes:The Provision of Government Liquidity Support in the Banking Sector
57 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2020
Date Written: August 31, 2020
Using U.S. bank holding company data, we study the impact of the crisis liquidity programs initiated by the U.S. Federal Reserve on bank-specific information production. We find empirical evidence that following the receipt of liquidity support there was a pervasive decrease in bank stock price informativeness that increased market synchronicity and crash risk. Our findings further suggest that these effects are mainly driven by bank participation in the DW and TAF programs. On the bright side, we confirm that the liquidity programs served their purpose in targeting and supporting illiquid banks with low core stable funding sources through the crisis.
Keywords: Bank crash risk; Crisis liquidity programs; Bank liquidity; Market discipline; Stock return synchronicity
JEL Classification: G01; G21
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