BIS: Dollar funding costs during the Covid-19 crisis through the lens of the FX swap market

Key takeaways

  • Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, indicators of dollar funding costs in foreign exchange
    markets have risen sharply, reflecting both demand and supply factors.
  • The demand for dollar funding has grown in recent years, reflecting the currency hedging needs
    of corporates and portfolio investors outside the United States.
  • Against this backdrop, the financial turbulence of recent weeks has crimped the supply of dollar
    funding from financial intermediaries, sharply lifting indicators of dollar funding costs.
  • These costs have narrowed after central banks deployed dollar swap lines, but broader policy
    challenges remain in ensuring that dollar funding markets remain resilient and that central
    bank liquidity is channelled beyond the banking system.

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