Risk Management in Financial Institutions

67 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2015 Last revised: 17 Apr 2017

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Adriano A. Rampini

Duke University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

S. Viswanathan

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; Duke University - Department of Economics

Guillaume Vuillemey

HEC Paris - Finance Department

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

We study risk management in financial institutions using data on hedging of interest rate and foreign exchange risk. We find strong evidence that better capitalized institutions hedge more both in the cross-section 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 losses reduce hedging substantially relative to otherwise similar institutions. The evidence is consistent with the theory that financial constraints impede both financing and hedging. We find no evidence that risk shifting, changes in interest rate risk exposures, or regulatory capital explain hedging behavior.

Keywords: Risk management, Financial institutions, Interest rate risk, Financial constraints, Derivatives

JEL Classification: G21, G32, D92, E44

Suggested Citation

Rampini, Adriano A. and Viswanathan, S. and Vuillemey, Guillaume, Risk Management in Financial Institutions (April 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2677051 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2677051

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S. Viswanathan

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Guillaume Vuillemey

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