The Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policies on Bank Soundness

Author/Editor: Frederic Lambert ; Kenichi Ueda
Publication Date: August 13, 2014
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Summary: Unconventional monetary policy is often assumed to benefit banks. However, we find little supporting evidence. Rather, we find some evidence for heightened medium-term risks. First, in an event study using a novel instrument for monetary policy surprises, we do not detect clear effects of monetary easing on bank stock valuation but find a deterioration of medium-term bank credit risk in the United States, the euro area, and the United Kingdom. Second, in panel regressions using U.S. banks’ balance sheet information, we show that bank profitability and risk taking are ambiguously affected, while balance sheet repair is delayed.
Series: Working Paper No. 14/152
Subject(s): Monetary policy | Interest rate policy | United States | Euro Area | United Kingdom | Banks | Credit risk | Bank soundness | Balance sheets | Regression analysis

Publication Date: August 13, 2014
ISBN/ISSN: 9781498363563/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2014152 Pages: 40
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