Global Liquidity and Drivers of Cross-Border Bank Flows
34 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2014
Date Written: April 2014
This paper provides a definition of global liquidity consistent with its meaning as the “ease of financing” in international financial markets. Using a longer time series and broader sample of countries than in previous studies, it identifies global factors driving cross-border bank flows, alongside country-specific factors. It confirms the explanatory power of US financial conditions, with flows decreasing in market volatility (VIX) and term premia, and increasing in bank leverage, growth in domestic credit and M2. A new finding is that similar variables for other systemic countries – the UK and the Euro Area – are also important, sometimes even more so, consistent with the dominant role of European banks in cross-border banking. Furthermore, recipient country characteristics are found to affect not only the level of country-specific flows, but also the cyclical impact of global liquidity, with sensitivities of flows to banks decreasing with stronger macroeconomic frameworks and better bank regulation, but less so for flows to non-financial firms.
Keywords: International banking, Banks, Liquidity, Capital flows, Bank regulations, Bank supervision, Cross country analysis, Global Liquidity, Capital Flows., bank claims, bank borrowers, bank risk, capital regulation, banking statistics, financial markets, bank capital, global financial crisis, banking system, bank risk-taking, bank capital regulation, bank risk taking, bank for international settlements, globalization, banking sector, banking capital, capital adequacy, banking systems, financial intermediation, banking regulation, global financial markets, global financial system, global financial stability, international financial markets, capital requirement, financial integration, bank balance s
JEL Classification: F21, F34, G15, G18, G21, G28
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