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Global financial markets liquidity: Is it running dry?

Place du Congrès 1, Brussels 1000, Belgium
CEPS Event

Global financial markets liquidity: Is it running dry?


The event will start with a presentation of the main findings of the recently published Global financial markets liquidity study by PwC, which reviewed liquidity trends and prospects across a broad range of asset classes and international markets. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. Please find below details about the event.


The sudden drying up of market liquidity as the financial crisis took hold and various subsequent liquidity events in recent years showed the complexity of policy responses to preserve favourable market liquidity conditions. Today’s combination of monetary stimulus, low interest rates environment, and strong asset values would suggest that financial markets may enter into a path of long-term structural changes. Current levels of market liquidity do not seem alarmingly low, but a decline in market liquidity in some financial instruments has aroused doubts about the direction of this process. On the one hand, tighter regulations and balance sheet constraints seem to have prompted major banks to change their business models and shrink their trading inventories. On the other hand, asset managers, insurance companies and pension funds have been increasing their holdings of higher yielding, riskier financial instruments.


  • How has market liquidity evolved in key advanced and emerging markets in recent years? 
  • What cyclical and structural factors have driven these developments?
  • What is the importance of post-crisis regulatory reforms across banking and capital markets compared to monetary policy actions? 
  • Have these reforms, some of which are yet to be implemented, already induced changes in the trading and investment behaviour of market participants?
  • Does the highly accommodative monetary policy stance conceal the build-up of fragilities? 
  • Is there conclusive evidence of market liquidity deterioration in certain market segments (e.g. fixed income) due to the scaling back in the dealers' trading activities?


  • Registration is free of charge for ECMI/CEPS members, EU/national officials, full-time academics, PhD students (space available) NGOs (not representing industry sectors or a commercial interest) and press.
  • Other participants may be admitted for €175 (VAT included, payable in advance or at the registration desk). 


Place du Congrès 1, Brussels 1000, Belgium (Click here to locate on Google Maps


For all inquiries regarding the event, please contact ecmi@ceps.eu or +32 2 229 3978.

Speakers list
Nick Forrest

Director, Economics and Policy Practice, PwC UK

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou

Analyst, Global Market Strategy, J.P. Morgan Securities

Christian Winkler

Team Leader – Markets and Investors,Risk Analysis and Economics European Securities and Markets Authority

Andrei Kirilenko 

Visiting Professor of Finance, Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis

Diego Valiante

Head of Financial Markets and Institutions, CEPS