Demand for Reserves and the Central Bank's Management of Interest Rates

Martin Schlegel and Sébastien Kraenzlin

Issue
2009-15

Pages
29

JEL classification
D40, E41, E43, E52

Keywords
Implementation of Monetary Policy, Money Demand, Fixed Rate TenderAuction, Repo, Switzerland

Year
2009

The implementation of monetary policy is prevalently done by interest rate targeting with a short term market rate serving as operational target. The instruments for achieving the operational target are the provision of reserves and the interest rate charged in these transactions. This paper presents a model for the estimation of the demand curve for reserves, derived from the central bank's fixed rate tender auction and the interbank money market. Using data from Switzerland, the slope of the demand curve is estimated. Furthermore, properties of the demand curve such as the slope patterns in the course of a maintenance period and the slope in different monetary regimes are assessed. We find a steeper demand curve towards the end of the maintenance period and an increasing slope when the general interest rate level is high. Further, we investigate the role of the Swiss National Bank's (SNB) interest rate in the fixed rate tender auctions. There is evidence that the SNB uses its auction rate to guide the interbank market rate.