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Financial Stability and Monetary Policy - The case of Brazil

  • Benjamin M. Tabak
  • Marcela T. Laiz
  • Daniel O. Cajueiro

This paper investigates the effects of monetary policy over banks' loans growth and non-performing loans for the recent period in Brazil. We contribute to the literature on bank lending and risk taking channel by showing that during periods of loosening/tightening monetary policy, banks increase/decrease their loans. Moreover, our results illustrate that large, well-capitalized and liquid banks absorb better the effects of monetary policy shocks. We also find that low interest rates lead to an increase in credit risk exposure, supporting the existence of a risk-taking channel. Finally, we show that the impact of monetary policy differs across state-owned, foreign and private domestic banks. These results are important for developing and conducting monetary policy.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department in its series Working Papers Series with number 217.

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Date of creation: Oct 2010
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