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Why Are Savings Accounts Perceived as Risky Bank Products?


  • Hana Džmuráňová
  • Petr Teplý


Risk management for banking products can be challenging in general, but is even more risky in a global, low interest rate environment. This paper deals with the risk management of savings accounts, a bank product defined as a non-maturing account with embedded option that bears a relatively attractive rate of return. We focus on the interest rate risk of savings accounts. By constructing the replicating portfolio and simulating market rates and client rates, we show that under the severest scenario, some banks in the Czech Republic might face a significant capital shortage in next two years if market rates start to increase dramatically from recent low levels. We conclude that savings accounts are riskier liabilities than current accounts and term deposits for banks. Moreover, we propose imposing stricter regulation and supervision on these bank products since they might increase systemic risk of the Czech banking sector in coming years.

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  • Hana Džmuráňová & Petr Teplý, 2016. "Why Are Savings Accounts Perceived as Risky Bank Products?," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2016(5), pages 617-633.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpep:v:2016:y:2016:i:5:id:578:p:617-633

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    1. Kalkbrener, Michael & Willing, Jan, 2004. "Risk management of non-maturing liabilities," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 28(7), pages 1547-1568, July.
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    simulations; savings accounts; risk management; replicating portfolio; interest rate risk; demand deposits; bank;

    JEL classification:

    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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