Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162789
Authors: 
Podlich, Natalia
Schnabel, Isabel
Tischer, Johannes
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, Deutsche Bundesbank 19/2017
Abstract: 
Based on a detailed trade-level dataset, we analyze the proprietary trading behavior of German banks in the months directly preceding and following the Lehman collapse in September 2008. The default of Lehman Brothers was a shock to the German banking system that was both unexpected and exogenous. We examine banks' immediate reactions as well as their responses to unconventional monetary policy measures introduced shortly after the event - the introduction of full allotment and the change in eligibility criteria for collateral in central bank refinancing operations. Our results show that market liquidity tightened after the Lehman collapse but there is no evidence of fire sales in the German banking sector. Instead, we observe a broad-based flight to liquidity. The European Central Bank's unconventional monetary policy had a strong impact on banks' trading behavior by inducing shifts towards eligible securities and reducing pressure on market liquidity. This suggests that the ECB's measures contributed to stabilizing the financial system after the Lehman collapse.
Subjects: 
proprietary trading
fire sales
flight to liquidity
Lehman crisis
market liquidity
unconventional monetary policy
JEL: 
E44
E50
G01
G11
G21
ISBN: 
978-3-95729-375-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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