Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70644
Authors: 
Ashcraft, Adam
Bech, Morten L.
Frame, W. Scott
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2009-4
Abstract: 
The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) System is a large, complex, and understudied government-sponsored liquidity facility that currently has more than $1 trillion in secured loans outstanding, mostly to commercial banks and thrifts. This paper first documents the significant role played by the FHLB System at the outset of the ongoing financial crisis and then provides evidence about the uses of these funds by their bank and thrift members. We then identify the trade-offs faced by FHLB member-borrowers when choosing between accessing the FHLB System or the Federal Reserve's discount window during the crisis. We conclude by describing the fragmented U.S. lender-of-last-resort framework and finding that additional clarity about the respective roles of the various liquidity facilities would be helpful.
Subjects: 
government-sponsored enterprise
lender of last resort
liquidity
JEL: 
E4
E5
G21
G28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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