Germán Villegas Bauer
- 23 March 2023
- WORKING PAPER SERIES - No. 2800Details
- During the March 2020 market turmoil, euro area money-market funds (MMFs) expe-rienced signiﬁcant outﬂows, reaching almost 8% of assets under management. This paper investigates whether the volatility in MMF ﬂows was driven by investors’ liquidity needs re-lated to derivative margin payments. We combine three highly granular unique data sources (EMIR data for derivatives, SHSS data for investor holdings of MMFs and Reﬁnitiv Lip-per data for daily MMF ﬂows) to construct a daily fund-level panel dataset spanning from February to April 2020. We estimate the eﬀects of variation margin paid and received by the largest holders of EUR-denominated MMFs on ﬂows of these MMFs. The main ﬁndings suggest that variation margin payments faced by some investors holding MMFs were an im-portant driver of the ﬂows of EUR-denominated MMFs domiciled in euro area.
- JEL Code
- G13 : Financial Economics→General Financial Markets→Contingent Pricing, Futures Pricing
G15 : Financial Economics→General Financial Markets→International Financial Markets
G23 : Financial Economics→Financial Institutions and Services→Non-bank Financial Institutions, Financial Instruments, Institutional Investors