The federal funds rate arguably is the most important interest rate in the U.S. capital market because it plays a central role in monetary policy and the term structure. This paper examines the micromechanics of the funds market. We show that in a continuous market with asynchronous trading, regulatory constraints and accounting conventions that focus agents’ attention on discrete time instants have important implications for the dynamics of trading activity and realized market prices. We also exhibit a model of the market that explains observed regularities in the intertemporal behavior of the funds rate.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics