The European Central Bank’s Macroprudential Bulletin provides insight into the work they are currently doing in the field of macroprudential policy. Their goal is to raise awareness of macroprudential policy issues in the euro area by making their ongoing work and thinking in this field more transparent, and to encourage broader discussion on these key issues.
Reforming money market funds
Money market funds perform a key function for the financial system by linking the short-term funding and cash-management needs of various market participants. Proposals to reform the regulation of these funds and enhance the sector’s resilience are assessed in this issue of the Macroprudential Bulletin.
At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, money market funds proved particularly vulnerable when faced with severe market disruption. This article looks at specific policies to address the liquidity risk of these funds and ensure they can deal with large and unexpected outflows under similar periods of stress.
Public debt assets tend to be easier to draw down and sell during market stress than private sector debt. Having a minimum public debt quota for private debt money market funds could increase their shock-absorbing capacity. What are the costs and benefits of such a proposal?