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Spoilt and Lazy: The Impact of State Support on Bank Behavior in the International Loan Market

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  • Blaise Gadanecz

    (Bank for International Settlements)

  • Kostas Tsatsaronis

    (Bank for International Settlements)

  • Yener Altunbasb

    (Bangor Business School, University of Wales)

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    We analyze the syndicated loan market activity of banks with high support ratings. We find evidence that they underprice risk. Controlling for other characteristics, loans arranged by supported banks have, on average, lower spreads. In addition, these banks retain loans that are, on average, priced below market. At the same time, we do not find evidence suggesting that supported banks play any special role through strategic loan participation. Compared with other banks, their loan portfolios are less specialized, are more closely aligned with prevailing market trends, and exhibit lower persistence in their sectoral allocations.

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    Article provided by International Journal of Central Banking in its journal International Journal of Central Banking.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 121-173

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    Handle: RePEc:ijc:ijcjou:y:2012:q:4:a:6

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    1. Dong He & Robert N McCauley, 2013. "Transmitting Global Liquidity to East Asia: Policy Rates, Bond Yields, Currencies and Dollar Credit," Working Papers 152013, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

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