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The maturity structure of household financial assets and liabilities

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In this article, the author examines the maturity structure of the household sector's balance sheet and the degree of interest rate variability of household loans and financial assets. The bulk of households' interest-bearing assets and financial liabilities consists of medium- and long-term, fixed-rate instruments. The pattern of personal consumption is therefore influenced more by the wealth effects of interest rate changes than by their income effects, and the full impact of a permnent shift in interest rates on consumption will become apparent only after a lag.

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  • Marie-Claude Montplaisir, 1997. "The maturity structure of household financial assets and liabilities," Bank of Canada Review, Bank of Canada, vol. 1996(Winter), pages 33-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bcarev:v:1997:y:1997:i:winter96-97:p:33-46
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    1. Robert Amano & Don Coletti & Tiff Macklem, 1998. "Monetary rules when economic behaviour changes," Proceedings, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue Mar.

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    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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