The unsecured interbank money market
: a description of the Portuguese case

  • Ana Sofia de Jesus Dâmaso Saldanha (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Money markets were severely impaired by the nancial and subsequent sovereign debt crises. Although the euro money market has been studied substantially, little has been done for the particular case of Portugal. This thesis investigates how the Portuguese part of the euro unse- cured interbank money market was a ected by the two consecutive crises. I constructed and adapted a Fur ne-based algorithm to identify the loans traded and settled in TARGET2, in which at least one of the counterpar- ties is a Portuguese bank. Identi ed loans have overnight and one-week maturities. Data shows a clear trend towards a closed interbank money market. In addition, there is a visibly signi cant reduction in the num- ber of times banks trade in the market, accompanied by a parallel drop in volumes transacted. Finally, I nd that interest rates rise above the benchmark and those in the domestic market are persistently higher than rates agreed upon through cross-border operations.
Date of Award20 Feb 2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorIsabel Correia (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Economia

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