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Changing Perceptions of Maturity Mismatch in the US Banking System: Evidence from Equity Markets

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  • Andrew T. Young

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Travis Wiseman

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

  • Thomas L. Hogan

    (Department of Economics, George Mason University)

Abstract

US banks are thought to have become increasingly fragile and exposed during the lead-up to the recent financial crisis. However, commercial bank leverage actually decreased during this period. To resolve this discrepancy, we explore another dimension of bank balance sheets: the effective maturity mismatch between assets and liabilities. Although banks assets are generally longer in term than their liabilities, we find evidence of a structural break in the mid-1990s when equity markets begin pricing banks as relatively longer-funded. Categories of bank assets such as real estate loans (i.e., mortgages and MBSs) and consumer loans were perceived as having become effectively shorter-term.

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  • Andrew T. Young & Travis Wiseman & Thomas L. Hogan, 2010. "Changing Perceptions of Maturity Mismatch in the US Banking System: Evidence from Equity Markets," Working Papers 10-04, Department of Economics, West Virginia University.
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    Keywords

    maturity mismatch; effective maturity; commercial banks; GSEs; Fannie and Freddie;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E02 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - Institutions and the Macroeconomy

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