Journal of Monetary Economics 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2019.01.020 View full text
Matteo Crosignani, Miguel Faria-e-Castro, Luís Fonseca

Abstract: We study the design of lender of last resort interventions and show that the provision of long-term liquidity incentivizes purchases of high-yield short-term securities by banks. Using a unique security-level data set, we find that the European Central Bank's three-year Long-Term Refinancing Operation caused Portuguese banks to purchase short-term domestic government bonds that could be pledged to obtain central bank liquidity. This "collateral trade" effect is large, as banks purchased short-term bonds equiva…

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