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Title:Settlement delays in the money market PDF Logo
Authors:Bartolini, Leonardo
Hilton, Spence
McAndrews, James
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Staff Report, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 319
Abstract:We track 38,000 money market trades from execution to delivery and return to provide a first empirical analysis of settlement delays in financial markets. In line with predictions from recent models showing that financial claims are settled strategically, we document a tendency by lenders to delay delivery of loaned funds until the afternoon hours. We find that banks follow a simple strategy to manage the risk of account overdrafts - delaying the settlement of large payments relative to that of small payments. More sophisticated strategies, such as increasing settlement delays when own liquid balances are low and when dealing with small trading partners, play a marginal role. We also find evidence of strategic delay in the return of borrowed funds, although we can explain a smaller fraction of the dispersion in delays in the return than in the delivery leg of money market lending.
Subjects:Money market trading
settlement delay
gridlock equilibria
JEL:G21
C78
L14
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Staff Reports, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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