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Interest rate risk and monetary policy normalisation in the euro area

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  • Reghezza, Alessio
  • Rodriguez d’Acri, Costanza
  • Pancotto, Livia
  • Molyneux, Philip

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In the current low interest rate environment in the euro area there is potential for a sudden increase in interest rates and heightened interest rate risk (IRR). By using a sample of 81 euro area banks during the period 2014Q4-2018Q1 and a confidential supervisory measure of IRR, this paper identifies which bank-specific characteristics can amplify or weaken the impact of a 200 basis points positive shock in interest rates. We find that banks reliant on core deposits, that hold more floating-interest rate loans and that diversify their lending, either by sector or geography, are less exposed to a positive change in interest rates. Interestingly, we discover that banks that did not exploit the exceptional financing provided by the European Central Bank (ECB) reveal greater IRR exposure. These findings advance the debate on the impact on euro area banking of a possible return to a normalised monetary policy. JEL Classification: E43, E44, E52, G21, F44

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  • Reghezza, Alessio & Rodriguez d’Acri, Costanza & Pancotto, Livia & Molyneux, Philip, 2020. "Interest rate risk and monetary policy normalisation in the euro area," Working Paper Series 2496, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20202496
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    Keywords

    balance-sheet determinants; interest rate risk; low interest rate environment; unconventional monetary policies;
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    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles

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