Noninterest Income and Financial Performance at U.S. Commercial Banks
Posted: 20 Jan 2004
Noninterest income now accounts for over 40% of operating income in the U.S. commercial banking industry. This paper demonstrates a number of empirical links between bank noninterest income, business strategies, market conditions, technological change, and financial performance between 1989 and 2001. The results indicate that well-managed banks expand more slowly into noninterest activities, and that marginal increases in noninterest income are associated with poorer risk-return tradeoffs on average. These findings suggest that noninterest income is coexisting with, rather than replacing, interest income from the intermediation activities that remain banks' core financial services function.
Keywords: Banks, noninterest income, deregulation
JEL Classification: G21, G28
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