Banking and Commerce: A Liquidity Approach
Posted: 11 Jan 2005
This paper looks at the advantages and disadvantages of mixing banking and commerce, using the liquidity approach to financial intermediation. Bringing a nonfinancial firm into a banking conglomerate may be advantageous because it makes it easier for the bank to dispose of assets seized in a loan default. The conglomerate's internal market increases the liquidity of such assets and improves the bank's ability to perform financial intermediation. More generally, owning a nonfinancial firm may act either as a substitute or a complement to commercial lending. In some cases, a bank will voluntarily refrain from making loans, choosing to become a non-bank bank in an unregulated environment.
Keywords: banking, commerce, liquidity
JEL Classification: G21, G34, l10
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