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Negative Monetary Policy Rates and Portfolio Rebalancing: Evidence from Credit Register Data

Margherita Bottero, Camelia Minoiu, Jose-Luis Peydro (), Andrea Polo, Andrea Presbitero and Enrico Sette

No 1090, Working Papers from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: We study negative interest rate policy (NIRP) exploiting ECB’s NIRP introduction and administrative data from Italy, severely hit by the Eurozone crisis. NIRP has expansionary effects on credit supply—and hence the real economy—through a portfolio rebalancing channel. NIRP affects banks with higher ex-ante net short-term interbank positions or, more broadly, more liquid balance-sheets, not with higher retail deposits. NIRP-affected banks rebalance their portfolios from liquid assets to credit—especially to riskier and smaller firms—and cut loan rates, inducing sizable real effects. By shifting the entire yield curve downwards, NIRP differs from rate cuts just above the ZLB.

Keywords: negative interest rates; portfolio rebalancing; bank lending channel of monetary policy; liquidity management; Eurozone crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 E58 G01 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cba, nep-mac and nep-mon
Date: 2019-02
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