The Global Liquidity Safety Net: Institutional Cooperation on Precautionary Facilities and Central Bank Swaps

New Thinking and the New G20 Series Paper No. 5

March 20, 2015

The global financial safety net is incomplete with respect to liquidity provision available in a crisis. To close some of the gaps, International Monetary Fund (IMF) surveillance and analytical capacity should be harnessed to the precautionary facilities of regional financial arrangements and swap agreements of key-currency central banks. A country’s qualification for the IMF's Flexible Credit Line (FCL) should open access to the precautionary facilities of regional arrangements and create a presumption of access to swap agreements. This paper identifies more countries that would likely qualify for an FCL. These proposals would exploit the advantage of global and regional institutions while reducing financial system fragmentation.

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New Thinking and the New G20

These papers are an output of a project that aims to promote policy and institutional innovation in global economic governance in two key areas: governance of international monetary and financial relations and international collaboration in financial regulation. With authors from eight countries, the 11 papers in this series add to existing knowledge and offer original recommendations for international policy cooperation and institutional innovation.

About the Author

C. Randall Henning is professor of international economic relations in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.