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Stress-Testing Banks’ Profitability: The Case of French Banks

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  • Coffinet, Jerome

    () (Banque de France)

  • Lin, Surong

    (Banque de France)

Abstract

We propose a stress-testing framework to evaluate the sensitivity of banks’ profitability to plausible but severe adverse macroeconomic shocks. Specifically, we test the resilience of French banks’ profitability over the period 1993–2009. First, we identify the macroeconomic and financial variables (GDP growth, interest rate maturity spread, stock market’s volatility) and bank-specific variables (size, capital ratio, ratio of noninterest income to assets) that significantly determine banks’ profitability. Second, we propose macroeconomic stress-testing exercises showing that French banks’ profitability is resilient to major adverse macroeconomic scenarios. Specifically, our findings highlight that even severe recessions would leave the French banking system profitable.

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  • Coffinet, Jerome & Lin, Surong, 2013. "Stress-Testing Banks’ Profitability: The Case of French Banks," Journal of Financial Perspectives, EY Global FS Institute, vol. 1(2), pages 67-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jofipe:0018
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    1. Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Huizinga, Harry, 2000. "Financial structure and bank profitability," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2430, The World Bank.
    2. Carbo Valverde, Santiago & Rodriguez Fernandez, Francisco, 2007. "The determinants of bank margins in European banking," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(7), pages 2043-2063, July.
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    1. Busch, Ramona & Koziol, Philipp & Mitrovic, Marc, 2015. "Many a little makes a mickle: Macro portfolio stress test for small and medium-sized German banks," Discussion Papers 23/2015, Deutsche Bundesbank.
    2. Albert, Stéphane, 2015. "US bank holding companies: Structure of activities and performance through the cycles," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 253-269.
    3. Vazquez, Francisco & Tabak, Benjamin M. & Souto, Marcos, 2012. "A macro stress test model of credit risk for the Brazilian banking sector," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 8(2), pages 69-83.

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    Keywords

    bank profitability; dynamic panel estimation; stress test;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General

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