The Transmission of Liquidity Shocks : The Role of Internal Capital Markets and Bank Funding Strategies

Author/Editor:

Philippe D Karam ; Ouarda Merrouche ; Moez Souissi ; Rima Turk

Publication Date:

November 19, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We analyze the transmission of bank-specific liquidity shocks triggered by a credit rating downgrade through the lending channel. Using bank-level data for US Bank Holding Companies, we find that a credit rating downgrade is associated with an immediate and persistent decline in access to non-core deposits and wholesale funding, especially during the global financial crisis. This translates into a reduction in lending to households and non-financial corporates at home and abroad. The effect on domestic lending, however, is mitigated when banks (i) hold a larger buffer of liquid assets, (ii) diversify away from rating-sensitive sources of funding, and (iii) activate internal liquidity support measures. Foreign lending is significantly reduced during a crisis at home only for subsidiaries with weak funding self-sufficiency.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/207

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 19, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498352888/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014207

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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