Negative Monetary Policy Rates and Systemic Banksâ€™ Risk-Taking: Evidence from the Euro Area Securities Register
PeydrÃ³, JosÃ©-Luis and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Jose-Luis Peydro and
No 14988, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
We show that negative monetary policy rates induce systemic banks to reach-for-yield. For identification, we exploit the introduction of negative deposit rates by the European Central Bank in June 2014 and a novel securities register for the 26 largest euro area banking groups. Banks with more customer deposits are negatively affected by negative rates, as they do not pass negative rates to retail customers, in turn investing more in securities, especially in those yielding higher returns. Effects are stronger for less capitalized banks, private sector (financial and non-financial) securities and dollar-denominated securities. Affected banks also take higher risk in loans.
Keywords: Negative rates; Non-standard monetary policy; Reach-for-yield; Securities; Banks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E52 E58 G01 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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