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Irish retail bank profitability 2003-20018


  • Nevin, Ciarán

    (Central Bank of Ireland)


This FS Note explores trends in the profitability of the Irish retail banking sector over the past 15 years, using a sample of 39 other EU banks as a comparison group. Changes in the net interest margin (NIM) are decomposed into the share and yield effects on assets and liabilities, respectively. This is the first such decomposition to focus on the banking system in Ireland. The results suggest that the low interest rate environment has coincided with an increase in the NIM of Irish banks but with a decrease in the NIM for a sample of other EU banks. In the case of Irish banks, the increase in the NIM is largely the result of a yield effect on liabilities (cheaper funding). Furthermore, there is some evidence that this effect may be diminishing in recent years.

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  • Nevin, Ciarán, 2018. "Irish retail bank profitability 2003-20018," Financial Stability Notes 10/FS/18, Central Bank of Ireland.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbi:fsnote:10/fs/18

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