2023/Q3 Article 08. Spread between the euro short-term rate (€STR) and the deposit facility rate
Serie: Economic Bulletin.
Author: Yasmina Santalla Pérez, Laura García Ramos, M.ª Carmen Castillo Lozoya and José M.ª Arregui Gil.
This article analyses the factors that are contributing to the widening of the spread between the euro short-term rate (€STR) and the deposit facility rate, with a view to assessing monetary policy transmission in the Eurosystem.
- The key factors that explain the behaviour of this spread are the expansion of the Eurosystem’s balance sheet and the change in the monetary policy stance.
- The pass-through of the recent interest rate hikes to money market rates has been effective and cannot explain the widening of the spread.
- Once the rate hiking cycle comes to an end, the contraction in the Eurosystem’s balance sheet can be expected to curb or even reverse the trend observed in the spread.