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Do universal banks create value? Universal bank affiliation and company performance in Belgium, 1905-1909

  • VAN OVERFELT, Wouter
  • ANNAERT, Jan
  • DE CEUSTER, Marc
  • DELOOF, Marc
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    We investigate the impact of universal banks on the performance and the risk of affiliated companies in an unregulated environment with booming financial markets. For a unique sample of 129 Belgian companies listed in the period 1905-1909, we find that universal bank affiliation had a positive impact on the market-to-book ratio and return-on-assets. The effect on performance was positively related to the degree of bank involvement. Universal banks significantly reduced the volatility of return-on-assets. Stock return performance, measured by the Sharpe ratio, was also significantly better for affiliated corporations.

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    Paper provided by University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007001.

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    Length: 46 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2007001
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