Staff Reports
Responses to the Financial Crisis, Treasury Debt, and the Impact on Short-Term Money Markets
2014 January 2011 Number 481
JEL classification: E50, G01, H60

Authors: Warren B. Hrung and Jason S. Seligman

Several programs have been introduced by U.S. fiscal and monetary authorities in response to the financial crisis. We examine the responses involving Treasury debt—the Term Securities Lending Facility (TSLF), the Supplemental Financing Program, increases in Treasury issuance, and open market operations—and their impacts on the overnight Treasury general collateral repo rate, a key money market rate. Our contribution is to consider each policy in light of the others, both to help guide policy responses to future crises and to emphasize policy interactions. Only the TSLF was designed to directly address stresses in short-term money markets by temporarily changing the supply of Treasury collateral in the marketplace. We find that the TSLF is uniquely effective relative to other policies and that, while changes in Treasury collateral do affect repo rates, the impacts are not equivalent across sources of Treasury collateral.

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For a published version of this report, see Warren B. Hrung and Jason S. Seligman, "Responses to the Financial Crisis, Treasury Debt, and the Impact on Short-Term Money Markets," International Journal of Central Banking 11, no. 1 (January 2015): 151-90.
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