Nonbank Lending and Credit Cyclicality

59 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2020 Last revised: 8 Jun 2021

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Quirin Fleckenstein

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Manasa Gopal

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

German Gutierrez Gallardo

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Students

Sebastian Hillenbrand

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Date Written: June 17, 2020

Abstract

We document three facts about nonbank lending in the syndicated loan market. First, nonbank lending is more than twice as cyclical as bank lending. Second, declines in nonbank lending explain most of the declines in syndicated lending during the Great Recession and COVID-19 crisis. Third, cyclicality in nonbank lending is matched by cyclicality in nonbank funding flows. The higher nonbank cyclicality is not explained by either the health or monitoring ability of banks, nor by bank-borrower relationships. Instead, it appears to be driven by nonbank funding instability. We highlight frictions in CLOs and mutual funds that contribute to this instability.

Keywords: Nonbanks, credit cyclicality, CLOs, mutual funds, leveraged lending, COVID-19, Great Recession

JEL Classification: G21, G23, E32, E44, G01

Suggested Citation

Fleckenstein, Quirin and Gopal, Manasa and Gutierrez Gallardo, German and Hillenbrand, Sebastian, Nonbank Lending and Credit Cyclicality (June 17, 2020). NYU Stern School of Business, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3629232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3629232

Quirin Fleckenstein

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German Gutierrez Gallardo

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Sebastian Hillenbrand

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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