Richhild Moessner

Richhild Moessner is a Senior Economist in the Monetary and Economic Department at the Bank for International Settlements and an honorary visiting fellow at Cass Business School. She has previously worked as a Manager and Senior Economist at the Bank of England, and was educated at the London School of Economics and Brown University.

Papers Published in World Economics:

International Liquidity Management Since the Financial Crisis

This article discusses how international liquidity management has been affected by the recent crisis. It notes that since the Bretton Woods system collapsed in 1971 it was expected that the demand for international reserves would diminish, since countries were no longer obliged to sell foreign currencies in case of need to support their own currencies in foreign exchange markets. However, international reserves increased in total from 3.1% of world gross product at the end of 1970 to 16.7% at the end of 2013. The paper explains this phenomenon in the context of the global demand for liquidity up to and after the global financial crisis of 2008-09. Different means of providing international liquidity assurance are assessed and the paper concludes that without an international lender of last resort, the world financial structure remains vulnerable to a new liquidity crisis.

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The Liquidity Consequences of the Euro Area Sovereign Debt Crisis

We examine the liquidity effects of the euro area sovereign debt crisis on euro area banks as a group, on intra-euro area financial flows and on international liquidity. The lending capacity of the euro area banking system has been much weakened, despite the remarkable growth of the operations of the Eurosystem, including its greatly increased lending and its intermediation between national central banks in surplus and deficit countries. The euro crisis has also created international liquidity stresses.

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