Risk Management in Financial Institutions
68 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2015 Last revised: 29 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 2019
We study risk management in financial institutions using data on hedging of interest rate and foreign exchange risk. We find strong evidence that institutions with higher net worth hedge more, controlling for risk exposures, across institutions and within institutions over time. For identification, we exploit net worth shocks resulting from loan losses due to drops in house prices. Institutions that sustain such shocks reduce hedging significantly relative to otherwise similar institutions. The reduction in hedging is differentially larger among institutions with high real estate exposure. The evidence is consistent with the theory that financial constraints impede both financing and hedging.
Keywords: Risk management, Financial institutions, Interest rate risk, Foreign exchange risk, Financial constraints, Derivatives
JEL Classification: G21, G32, D92, E44
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