DP4725 Banks' Loan Portfolio and the Monetary Transmission Mechanism

Author(s): Wouter Den Haan, Steven Sumner, Guy Yamashiro
Publication Date: November 2004
Keyword(s): bank capital regulation, hedging, interest rates
JEL(s): E40
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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This Paper compares the responses of bank loan components to a monetary tightening with the responses to negative output shocks. Real estate and consumer loans sharply decrease during a monetary tightening but not after a negative output shock. In contrast, C&I loans (and commercial paper) sharply decrease in response to output shocks, but not in response to a monetary tightening. These results are difficult to reconcile with a bank-lending channel of monetary transmission, in which the supply of commercial and industrial (C&I) loans is constrained. Hedging and bank capital regulation provide reasons why banks may want to substitute out of real estate and consumer loans, and into C&I loans during periods of high interest rates.