Bank Exposure to Interest Rate Risks During Financial Liberalization: Evidence from South Korea
University of Akron - Department of Finance
Xinlei Shelly Zhao
Office of the Currency Comptroller - Risk Analysis Division; Kent State University - Department of Finance
Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Forthcoming
This study documents the changing impact of long and short term interest rate risks on the equity prices of banks in South Korea during the process of financial liberalization. Consistent with the presence of regulatory constraints, Korean bank equity returns are found to be sensitive to both anticipated and unanticipated changes in interest rates in the first period when banks were largely under government control. However, during our last period of liberalization, Korean bank equity returns were found to have a positive association only with unanticipated short-term interest rates. Consistent with the ability to manage other interest rate risks successfully, in this last liberalization period, Korean bank equity returns had no association with long-term or with anticipated short-term interest rates. In view of the continued interest in banking and financial market liberalization among many Asian, African, and formerly socialist countries including China, these results should be of much banking and policy interest.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Banking, Financial Liberalization, Interest Rate Risk, Korea
JEL Classification: G21, G28, E44, L89Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 25, 2006
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