Strategic Liquidity Mismatch and Financial Sector Stability

64 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2019 Last revised: 6 Dec 2019

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André F. Silva

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: November, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines whether banks strategically incorporate their competitors? liquidity mismatch policies when determining their own and how these collective decisions impact financial sector stability. Using a novel identification strategy exploiting the presence of partially overlapping peer groups, I show that banks? liquidity transformation activity is driven by that of their peers. These correlated decisions are concentrated on the asset side of riskier banks and are asymmetric, with mimicking occurring only when competitors are taking more risk. Accordingly, this strategic behavior increases banks? default risk and overall systemic risk, highlighting the importance of regulating liquidity risk from a macroprudential perspective.

JEL Classification: G01, G20, G21, G28

Suggested Citation

Silva, André F., Strategic Liquidity Mismatch and Financial Sector Stability (November, 2019). FEDS Working Paper No. 2019-82, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3494849 or http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2019.082

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