On March 19, the Fed announced plans to team up with five apex banks outside the US to develop strategies to maintain the dollar’s value amid the ongoing banking crisis. The Fed’s move coincides with the buyout of Credit Suisse by UBS in an attempt to improve the financial stability in Switzerland.
The team plans to address the current liquidity crisis battling the financial industry by strengthening the operation of swap lines. Per the Fed proposal, relaunching swap lines will expedite the transactions between two central banks.
Significance of Swap Lines
The proposed swap lines have played a crucial role in the US in disaster management. The regulators implemented the swap line mechanism during the largest economic depression of 2007 and 2008.
Adopting the swap lines during hard times has attained the desired results encouraging the regulators to implement the approach during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Fed, the swap lines exhibit enormous potential in strengthening the dollar value amid unfavorable macroeconomic conditions. The Fed proposed that to survive the prolonged macroeconomic impulses, the dollar issuing agencies opt to adjust their daily supply.
The Fed regulators suggested that the central bank change the initial 7-day maturity to daily. It implies that the dollars will be available on daily-basis.
Strategies to Improve Dollar Funding
The March 19 engagement involved key dominoes in dollar funding, including the central banks of Canada, Japan, England, and Switzerland. After a successful meeting, the regulators proposed that the apex banks implement the dollar funding proposal from March 20 to April 30.
The quest to address financial instability has prompted the central banks to invest in deploying swap lines that provide innovative solutions to dollar funding. The regulators are optimistic that the new proposal will create balances in the supply of dollars in the economy.
A report from the European Central Bank (ECB) president, Christine Lagarde, revealed that the ongoing financial crisis would adversely affect the credit sector. Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, supported Lagarde’s market speculations and argued that the banking crisis and spiking interest rates had undermined the growth of lending platforms.