Fragilities in the U.S. Treasury Market : Lessons from the “Flash Rally” of October 15, 2014

Author/Editor:

Antoine Bouveret ; Peter Breuer ; Yingyuan Chen ; David Jones ; Tsuyoshi Sasaki

Publication Date:

October 13, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Changes in the structure of the U.S. Treasury market over recent years may have increased risks to financial stability. Traditional market makers have changed their liquidity provision by increasingly switching from risk warehousing to risk distribution, and a new breed of market maker has emerged with the rise of electronic trading. The “flash rally” of October 15, 2014 provides a clear example of how those risks can materialize. Based on an in-depth analysis of the event—complementing the authorities’ work—we suggest i) providing incentives for liquidity provision, ii) improving market safeguards, and iii) enhancing the regulation of the Treasury market.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/222

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 13, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513576220/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015222

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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