48 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2014
Date Written: March 13, 2014
We use a unique dataset with bank clients’ security holdings for all German banks to examine how macroeconomic shocks affect asset allocation preferences of households and non-financial firms. Our analysis focuses on two alternative mechanisms which can influence portfolio choice: wealth shocks, which are represented by the sovereign debt crisis in the Euro area, and credit-supply shocks which arise from reductions in borrowing abilities during bank distress. While households with large holdings of securities from stressed Euro area countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain) decrease the degree of concentration in their security portfolio as a result of the Euro area crisis, non-financial firms with similar levels of holdings from stressed Euro area countries do not. Credit-supply shocks at the bank level result in lower concentration, for both households and non-financial corporations. Only shocks to corporate credit bear ramifications on bank clients’ portfolio concentration. Our results are robust to falsification tests, and instrumental variables estimation.
Keywords: asset allocation; sovereign debt crisis; credit-supply shocks; bank distress
JEL Classification: D12; D13; G11; G21
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kick, Thomas K. and Onali, Enrico and Ruprecht, Benedikt and Schaeck, Klaus, Wealth Shocks, Credit-Supply Shocks, and Asset Allocation: Evidence from Household and Firm Portfolios (March 13, 2014). ECB Working Paper No. 1662. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2408449