Managing the Interest Rate Risk of Indian Banks’ Government Securities Holdings

Author/Editor:

Amadou N Sy

Publication Date:

April 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The large holdings of government securities by banks in India draw attention to their risk as interest rates are at historical low levels. This paper measures such a risk using duration and value-at-risk methods and assesses its current management by banks. The main finding is that some public sector and old private banks are vulnerable to a reversal of the interest rate cycle, while foreign and new private banks have built adequate defenses. In this regard, the paper makes a number of recommendations regarding government policies and individual bank practices to manage interest rate risk.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/78

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451860979/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005078

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

17

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