The Determinants of Banks' Liquidity Buffers in Central America

Author/Editor:

Camila Henao Arbelaez ; Corinne C Delechat ; Priscilla S Muthoora ; Svetlana Vtyurina

Publication Date:

December 21, 2012

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Banks’ liquidity holdings are comfortably above legal or prudential requirements in most Central American countries. While good for financial stability, high systemic liquidity may nonetheless hinder monetary policy transmission and financial markets development. Using a panel of about 100 commercial banks from the region, we find that the demand for precautionary liquidity buffers is associated with measures of bank size, profitability, capitalization, and financial development. Deposit dollarization is also associated with higher liquidity, reinforcing the monetary policy and market development challenges in highly dollarized economies. Improvements in supervision and measures to promote dedollarization, including developing local currency capital markets, would help enhance financial systems’ efficiency and promote intermediation in the region.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/301

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 21, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781616356675/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012301

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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