The leverage ratio and liquidity in the gilt and gilt repo markets

Bicu-Lieb, Andreea, Chen, Louisa and Elliott ⁠, David (2020) The leverage ratio and liquidity in the gilt and gilt repo markets. Journal of Financial Markets, 48. a100510 1-29. ISSN 1386-4181

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Market participants argue that a significant unintended consequence of post-crisis regulatory leverage ratio requirements is a reduction in the liquidity of fixed income markets. We assess this claim in the context of the gilt (U.K. government bond) and gilt repo markets over the period 2010 to 2017. We find that gilt repo liquidity worsened during the period when U.K. leverage ratio policy was introduced, and that gilt liquidity worsened conditional on factors such as funding costs and inventory risk. We also find evidence that gilt repo liquidity has become less resilient. However, evidence from heterogeneity in dealer behavior is inconclusive regarding a causal link between leverage ratio requirements and the reduction in market liquidity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Market liquidity Leverage ratio Bank regulation Repo Gilt market Market-making
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Accounting and Finance
Research Centres and Groups: Business and Finance Research Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance > HG0178 Liquidity
Depositing User: Louisa Chen
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 09:41
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2021 01:00

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