Falling Reserve Balances and the Federal Funds Rate
6 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2007
Date Written: April 1997
The growth of 'sweeps' - a banking practice in which depository institutions shift funds out of customer accounts subject to reserve requirements - has reduced the required balances held by banks in their accounts at the Federal Reserve. This development could lead to greater volatility in the federal funds rate as banks try to manage their accounts with very low balances. An analysis of the evidence suggests that the volatility of the funds rate is rising slightly, but not enough to disrupt the federal funds market or affect the implementation of monetary policy.
Keywords: reserve requirements, sweep accounts
JEL Classification: E5
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