Johannes Breckenfelder, Marie Hoerova
Are central bank tools effective in reaching non-banks with no access to the lender-of-
last-resort facilities? Using runs on mutual funds in March 2020 as a laboratory, we
show that, following the announcement of large-scale purchases, funds with higher ex
ante shares of assets eligible for central bank purchases saw their performance improve by
3.6 percentage points and outflows decrease by 61% relative to otherwise similar funds.
Following central bank liquidity provision to banks, the growth rate of repo lending to
funds by banks more exposed to the system-wide liquidity crisis was up to five times
higher compared to other banks.