Forward Looking Loan Provisions: Credit Supply and Risk-Taking
55 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 1, 2020
We show corporate-level real, financial, and (bank) risk-taking effects associated with calculating loan provisions based on expected—rather than incurred—credit losses. For identification, we exploit unique features of a Colombian reform and supervisory, matched loan-level data. The regulatory change induces a dramatic increase in provisions. Banks tighten all new lending conditions, adversely affecting borrowing-firms, with stronger effects for risky-firms. Moreover, to minimize provisioning, more affected (less-capitalized) banks cut credit supply to risky-firms— SMEs with shorter credit history, less tangible assets or more defaulted loans—but engage in “search-for-yield” within regulatory constraints and increase portfolio concentration, thereby decreasing risk diversification.
Keywords: bank risk-taking, corporate real and credit supply effects of accounting, ECL, IFRS9, loan provisions
JEL Classification: E31, G18, G21, G28
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