□ Published by Kirsten Schmidt, European Central Bank
□ Published on March 2019
□ Summary of the article:
The paper analyzes the pledging behavior of Euro area banks during the introduction of the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR). The LCR considers only a subset of cen- tral bank eligible assets and thereby offers banks an arbitrage opportunity to improve their regulatory ratio by altering their collateral pledging with the Eu- ropean Central Bank. This paper uses the existence of national liquidity requirements to proxy for banks’ incentives to exploit this differential treatment of central bank eligible assets. Using security-level information on collateral pledged with the central bank, the author finds that banks without a preceding national liquidity require- ment pledge more and less liquid collateral than banks with a preceding national liquidity requirement after the LCR introduction. The paper attributes the difference across banks to a preparation effect of the liquidity regulation on the national level.