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"Low-for-Long" Interest Rates and Net Interest Margins of Banks in Advanced Foreign Economies

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  • Stijn Claessens

    (Afdeling Business Studies
    Tinbergen Instituut
    Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
    ebrary Inc)

  • Nicholas Coleman
  • Michael S. Donnelly

Abstract

This note explores the empirical evidence between changes in interest rates and NIMs for different interest rate environments to discover the potential adverse effects of a low interest rate on bank NIMs. Using cross-country evidence can be insightful to assess a situation that is not so common in any individual country. Overall, the new empirical analysis shows that low rates are contributing to weaker NIMs and identifies an adverse effect that is materially larger when interest rates are low. It suggests that these effects can be material for banks in some key advanced foreign economies (AFEs).

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  • Stijn Claessens & Nicholas Coleman & Michael S. Donnelly, 2016. ""Low-for-Long" Interest Rates and Net Interest Margins of Banks in Advanced Foreign Economies," IFDP Notes 2016-04-11-1, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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