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To illustrate how such an assessment can be conducted, and how the findings were developed in the Oxera study, this article focuses on assessing the impact of the proposed FTT on the cost of debt, before summarising the impact on public finances as follows: . As the proposed FTT would not apply to bank loans directly, at first sight it is not clear why the tax would affect the cost of such a loan. The proposed FTT would be applied to such hedging positions;. Again, the proposed FTT would apply to repos. The study considered the financial positions of banks and building societies that focus on retail lending and deposit-taking, without significant investment banking divisions.
With these assumptions, the Oxera study was able to estimate the burden of the FTT on bank lending as a percentage of the value of bank loans see Table 1. What would this figure mean in practice? The FTT would increase the annual interest rate by 0. Similar results would be appropriate for other loans, such as mortgages.
The proposed FTT rate would be only a small fraction of the total cost, but it could add a significant amount over the lifetime of a loan.
The results of this modelling on bank lending rates were also incorporated into the macroeconomic model to estimate the overall economic output, as summarised below. If those investors expect to pay the FTT  when they sell the bond, they are likely to demand higher coupons, but how much higher? This depends on the burden of the tax, which in turn depends on the frequency with which the bonds are traded once the FTT is in place. This frequency can be expected to fall because many transactions will no longer make economic sense if the tax has to be paid.
Current trading volumes for different FTT-zone government debt vary considerably.
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If all the current trading in financial instruments covered by the FTT in FTT-zone government debt were to continue and be taxed by the FTT, the total burden of the tax would be approximately 0. This would suggest that, in the long run, either bond yields will increase by 0. As the profit margins involved in trading government debt are typically quite small as price movements are typically small compared with those for equity , one might expect the FTT to result in a marked decline in trading activity.
So what might be the trading levels with the FTT? Analysis of the market suggests that they could be much lower than at present.
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In the currently more liquid markets, most institutional investors could simply trade with one another when required, without a need for market makers or other intermediaries, with transactions facilitated by electronic trading platforms.
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