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Collateralized Borrowing and Risk Taking at Low Interest Rates?

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A view advanced in the aftermath of the late-2000s fi?nancial crisis is that lower than optimal interest rates lead to excessive risk taking by fi?nancial intermediaries. We evaluate this view in a quantitative dynamic model where interest rate policy affects risk taking through two channels. First, policy influences the attractiveness of safe bond investments relative to riskier assets. Moreover, policy changes the amount of safe bonds available for collateralized borrowing in interbank markets. In this framework, collateral constraints provide a safeguard against increases in risk taking. Lower than optimal policy rates lead to tighter collateral constraints and reduce risk taking.

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  • Simona E. Cociuba & Malik Shukayev & Alexander Ueberfeldt, 2012. "Collateralized Borrowing and Risk Taking at Low Interest Rates?," University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute Working Papers 20121, University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute.
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    financial intermediation; risk taking; optimal interest rate policy;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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