Interpreting deviations from covered interest parity during the financial market turmoil of 2007-08

Working Papers No 267
December 2008

Abstract:

This paper investigates the spillover effects of money market turbulence in 2007-08 on the short-term covered interest parity (CIP) condition between the US dollar and the euro through the foreign exchange (FX) swap market. Sharp and persistent deviations from the CIP condition observed during the turmoil are found to be significantly associated with differences in the counterparty risk between European and US financial institutions. Furthermore, evidence is found that dollar term funding auctions by the ECB, supported by dollar swap lines with the Federal Reserve, have stabilized the FX swap market by lowering the volatility of deviations from CIP.

JEL Classification Numbers: F31, G15

Keywords: FX swap, covered interest parity, financial market turmoil, counterparty risk, dollar swap lines, dollar term auction facility