This seminar is hosted by The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School
Speakers: Michael Howell & Hari Krishnan, Liquidity.com
Abstract: Every market crisis is different and crises are notoriously difficult to forecast. However, severe drops in risk assets have generally been preceded by a build up of excess leverage, or credit, in the system. The greater the leverage, the more sensitive investors are to random asset price shocks, as they are forced to liquidate positions more quickly. In this lecture, we describe a methodology for tracking the amount of “liquidity” in the financial system. Our measures of liquidity incorporate credit growth, leverage, available funding, cross-border flows and the magnitude of Central Bank interventions. We have created indices that track liquidity over time, over 30 years, covering 80 countries. The liquidity indices provide reasonable forecasts of yield curve and asset class moves and in principle can be incorporated into a crisis prediction model.