The Liquidity Effect in the Federal Funds Market: Evidence from Daily Open Market Operations

36 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2004

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Seth B. Carpenter

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Selva Demiralp

Koc University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2004

Abstract

We use forecast errors made by the Federal Reserve while preparing open market operations to identify a liquidity effect at a daily frequency in the federal funds market. Unlike Hamilton (1997), we find a liquidity effect on many days of the reserve maintenance period besides settlement day. The effect is non-linear; large changes in supply have a measurable effect, but small changes do not. In addition, a higher aggregate level of reserve balances in the banking system is associated with a smaller liquidity effect during the maintenance period but a larger liquidity effect on the last days of the period.

Keywords: Liquidity effect, federal funds market

JEL Classification: E40, E43, E52, E58

Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Seth B. and Demiralp, Selva, The Liquidity Effect in the Federal Funds Market: Evidence from Daily Open Market Operations (September 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=633221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.633221

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