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Banking and commerce: a liquidity approach

  • Joseph G. Haubrich
  • João A. C. Santos

This paper looks at the advantages and disadvantages of mixing banking and commerce, using the "liquidity" approach to financial intermediation. Adding a commercial firm makes it easier for a bank to dispose of assets seized in a loan default. This "internal market" increases the liquidity of such assets and improves the bank's ability to perform financial intermediation. More generally, owning a commercial firm may act either as a substitute or a complement to commercial lending. In some cases, a bank will voluntarily refrain from making loans, choosing to become a nonbank bank in an unregulated environment.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 9907.

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Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:9907
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