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Noninterest Income and Financial Performance at U.S. Commercial Banks

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  • Robert DeYoung
  • Tara Rice

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Noninterest income now accounts for over 40% of operating income in the U.S. commercial banking industry. This paper demonstrates a number of empirical links between bank noninterest income, business strategies, market conditions, technological change, and financial performance between 1989 and 2001. The results indicate that well-managed banks expand more slowly into noninterest activities, and that marginal increases in noninterest income are associated with poorer risk-return tradeoffs on average. These findings suggest that noninterest income is coexisting with, rather than replacing, interest income from the intermediation activities that remain banks' core financial services function. Copyright 2004 by the Eastern Finance Association.

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  • Robert DeYoung & Tara Rice, 2004. "Noninterest Income and Financial Performance at U.S. Commercial Banks," The Financial Review, Eastern Finance Association, vol. 39(1), pages 101-127, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:39:y:2004:i:1:p:101-127
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