The power of collateral: The ECB and geographies of bank funding

Gabor, D. (2012) The power of collateral: The ECB and geographies of bank funding. Social Science Research Network. Available from:

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This paper explores the importance of geographies of bank funding for the design of central banks’ crisis interventions in financial markets. It first distinguishes between market-based and bank-based measures to then focus on the collateral management strategies of European banks, in the context of an increasing reliance on secured market funding, to discuss a crucial policy challenge in monetary unions with integrated funding markets: banks’ ability to access market funding depends on existing portfolios of marketable collateral – in Eurozone mainly sovereign bonds. The constraints on the central bank’s ability to stabilize markets for collateral may thus worsen banks’ funding conditions through ‘coordinated risks’ between counterparty (bank) and collateral (sovereign). Since bank-based crisis policies cannot offer effective solutions for preserving the role of sovereign bonds as marketable collateral, the dilemma of how to stabilize funding markets within the existing European institutional architecture remains unresolved.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:unconventional monetary policies, European Central Bank, repo market funding, marketable collateral, sovereign bond crisis, eurozone
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:18981
Deposited By: Professor D. Gabor
Deposited On:15 May 2013 08:18
Last Modified:06 Nov 2016 17:51

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