|January 2010 Number 426
|JEL classification: G12, G14, E52, E58, E43
Authors: Michael J. Fleming, Warren B. Hrung, and Frank M. Keane
The Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF) was introduced by the Federal Reserve to promote liquidity in the financing markets for Treasury and other collateral. We evaluate one aspect of the program—the extent to which it has narrowed repo spreads between Treasury collateral and less liquid collateral. We find that TSLF operations have precipitated a significant narrowing of repo spreads. More refined tests indicate the market conditions and types of operations associated with the program’s effectiveness. Various additional tests, including a split-sample test, suggest that our findings are robust.