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Banks' interest rate risk and search for yield: A theoretical rationale and some empirical evidence

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  • Memmel, Christoph
  • Seymen, Atılım
  • Teichert, Max

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We investigate German banks' exposure to interest rate risk. In finance, higher demand for a risky asset is typically associated with higher expected return. However, employing a utility function which implies both risk-averse and risk-seeking behavior depending on the level of profits, we show that this relationship may get weaker and even change its sign at low profit levels. For the period 2005-2014, we find not only the common positive relationship of higher expected returns and rising interest rate exposure but also that this relationship does become weaker with falling operative income, its sign eventually changing.

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  • Memmel, Christoph & Seymen, Atılım & Teichert, Max, 2016. "Banks' interest rate risk and search for yield: A theoretical rationale and some empirical evidence," Discussion Papers 22/2016, Deutsche Bundesbank.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdps:222016
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    banks' risk taking; exposure to interest rate risk; low interest rate environment;

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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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