Discussion paper

DP14504 Foreign Banks, Liquidity Shocks, and Credit Stability

We empirically assess the responses of banks in the United States to a regulatory change that influenced the distribution of funding in the banking system. Following the 2011 FDIC change in the assessment base, insured banks found wholesale funding more costly, while uninsured branches of foreign banks enjoyed cheaper access to wholesale liquidity. We use quarterly bank balance sheet data and a rich data set of syndicated loans with borrower and lender characteristics to show that uninsured foreign banks, which faced a relatively positive shock, engaged in liquidity hoarding. Hence, they accumulated more reserves but extended fewer total syndicated loans and became more passive in the syndicated loan deals in which they participated. These results contribute to the discussion on the role of foreign banks in credit creation, especially in a country like the United States where foreign banks also have a crucial role in managing USD money market operations at the group level.


Belton, D, L Gambacorta, S Kokas and R Minetti (2020), ‘DP14504 Foreign Banks, Liquidity Shocks, and Credit Stability‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 14504. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp14504