The Evolution of Serbian Forex Through NBS FX Swaps

Živanović, Branko and Jolović, Ana (2012) The Evolution of Serbian Forex Through NBS FX Swaps. Economic analysis, 45 (3-4). pp. 14-30. ISSN 1821-2573

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Abstract

This paper emphasizes the main goals of using derivatives as a monetary tool, increasing the foreign currency liquidity of commercial banks and controlling the volatility of the national currency. Over the past few years, FX swaps, very often mistaken for currency swaps, became a popular monetary instrument among central banks. Since 2007, inter-central bank swap credit lines have become a role model for supporting the foreign currency liquidity of national commercial banks. The National Bank of Serbia introduced FX swap transactions as part of a special facility for supporting the country’s financial stability. Our research indicates that the NBS is not part of a swap credit line, but rather uses FX swaps internally and in a very fragmented manner. The trading volume of the newly-introduced instrument has been quite modest. The quiet introduction of FX swaps has failed to make any insignificant impact on the stabilization of the national currency, and has caused a fairly minor increase in EUR liquidity. At the very end it is worth mentioning that, regardless of the first results, NBS swaps mean that the Serbian forex derivative market has “crossed the Rubicon”.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COBISS.ID=195851276
Uncontrolled Keywords: FX swap, monetary policy, central bank, FX currency liquidity, RSD volatility, National Bank of Serbia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Jelena Banovic
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 07:04
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 07:04
URI: http://ebooks.ien.bg.ac.rs/id/eprint/417

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