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Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers, Bank of Finland

No 7/1998:
The Overnight Rate of Interest under Averaged Reserve Requirements

Tuomas Välimäki ()

Abstract: Averaging the reserve requirement is often considered an efficient way to reduce volatility at the very short end of the money market yield curve. The Bank of Finland began to apply an averaging provision at the beginning of October 1995. Notably, the volatility of the overnight rate of interest in the Finnish money markets has increased since the start of the averaging scheme. This paper builds up a simple model of the determination of the overnight rate of interest. The effects of both the averaging scheme and the central bank's reaction to the bids it receives in money market tenders are evaluated against the model. The paper ends with an evaluation of the empirical evidence from the first two years that have passed since the introduction of the averaging provision in Finland.

Keywords: money market tenders; minimum reserves; liquidity; averaging; convexity; interest rate volatility; (follow links to similar papers)

38 pages, April 27, 1998

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